Far-Fetched, Yet Amusing and Moving
Release Date: July 23, 2010
Starring: Aleksei Guskov, Melanie
Laurent, Dmitri Nazarov,
Valeriy Barinov, Francois
Berleand, Miour Miou, and
Runtime: 112 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Alain Attal
Writer: Radu Mihaileanu, Matthew
Robbins, Alain-Michel Blanc,
Hector Cabello Reyes, and
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Thirty years ago, Andrei Filipov was the conductor of the Bolshoi, but was brought to ruin by the Communist party when they interrupted Andrei’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto” because he was employing Jewish musicians. Now a recovering alcoholic, Andrei works as a mere janitor at the Bolshoi’s symphony hall.
When a fax from the famed Paris symphony comes into the office of the symphony director, Andrei intercepts the fax. He uses it as an opportunity to bring together his old musicians and finish the concert they started three decades ago.
Through a series of comical situations and near misses, Andrei pulls together his old team just in time for the Paris concert, but will this merry band be able to pull off Tchaikovsky’s difficult masterpiece without being discovered as imposters?
THE CONCERT is heartwarming and funny, and the music is spectacular. The movie’s third act is particularly stirring with Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto” providing the score for the final, emotionally fulfilling finale. The movie is, however, quite far-fetched in its premise and its timetable. The audience’s suspension of disbelief is stretched very thin as Andrei tries to pull off this symphony caper with musicians that live all over Russia and who have not performed together in 30 years within a span of two weeks. That said, the movie is still an enjoyable tale.
The movie has some light worldview problems, including a large amount of Communist elements, even though the movie seems to be lampooning the Communist Party in Russia. One Communist character even goes so far as to pray out to God for a miracle and, when the miracle occurs, declare to God, “My God, you do exist!” Also, there are some strong, moral Jewish characters who pray and who ask for God’s blessings.
Countering this moral, religious content is some foul language, brief sexual content including sounds of a pornographic movie and one random homosexual reference as well as lying, stealing, theft, false impersonation, and scenes of drunkenness. All in all, this foreign language film is enjoyable, but there is some content that requires strong caution.
THE CONCERT is heartwarming and funny, and the music is spectacular. The story, however, is quite far-fetched as Andrei tries to pull off his symphony caper, using musicians living all over Russia, within a span of only two weeks. The movie has some moral elements, including one Communist character who prays to God and declares, “My God, you do exist!” That said, the movie also has some foul language, brief sexual content, a random gratuitous homosexual reference, lying, stealing, theft, false impersonation, drunkenness. THE CONCERT is very enjoyable, but some of its content requires strong caution.