Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was the celebrated conductor of the renowned Bolshoi Orchestra. But during the communist era, he was fired at the height of his fame. Demoted to the position of cleaner at the Bolshoi, he learns by chance that the Chatelet Theatre in Paris has invited the Orchestra to perform. In a moment of inspiration, Andrei intercepts the invitation and reunites his orchestra to perform in the place of the current Bolshoi Orchestra. He wants Anne-Marie Jacquet (Melanie Laurent), a young virtuoso with a mysterious past, as the solo violinist to accompany his old Jewish and gypsy musicians. As the night of the performance approaches, tensions rise as the stakes grow higher. If Andrei succeeds in pulling off this grand deception, it will be the greatest triumph of his career.
Wonderful story about the musicians who were persecuted during the Cold War. A French/Russian collaboration bringing the best of the two traditions together. Passionate film making, hilarious, poetic and such wonderful characterisations as well as the music to take you to another place altogether... one of the best films I have ever had the pleasure in seeing.
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An unusual combination of good comedy coupled with some unsavory political propaganda
- The Concert review by AS
Overall, a fun film to watch with a high standard of acting and dramatic moments. However, for those who have friends who survived the very challenging conditions of living under Bolshevik communism, there is a great misrepresentation that it was the Jews in Russia who were the victims of the communist tyranny, rather than the Christian Russians. The fact is the majority of the political commissars were Jewish and thus the Jewish musicians were rarely targeted.
Going beyond political truths, a film worth watching.