'Le Concert' could be described as a sort of light-hearted comedy with an underlying seriousness that culminates in a moving finale. When considered in the cold light of day, the whole plot is somewhat implausible and how a disparate group of musicians could, unrehearsed, turn in a moving performance is not believable - though if you go along with the story it's a very enjoyable movie. I'm no a classical music buff, but the concert at the end is apparently excellent.
French film spoken mostly in Russian, with English subtitles. Starts as a cheap comedy, then becomes overly melodramatic. A bit quirky; Slightly over the top. Only 3 stars from me. Recommended for lovers of Tchaikovsky.
loved it, watched it several times and will watch it again
Watched several times and still like it.
Interesting premise. One only has to read the history of China's Cultural Revolution to know what happened in this film, in Russia, isn't far-fetched. And many Jewish WWII survivors & their descendants will have known or known of someone in the same position as 'The Maestro'. And the McCarthy era in the US would've been similar. Pace was slow at some bits but I enjoyed the film and its improbable 'feel good' ending. There is a red herring - major one , worth your while.
You WILL laugh. OMG the Russians!!
Loved it. The music is fantastic too. I replayed the ending credits continuously.
Parts of this movie were very silly and some performers were hamming it up for all they were worth. The underlying plot had a serious theme but riduculing the Soviet system was a bit much as this regime had a profound melancholy effect on the people. As the time of the concert drew near the film became very serious and moving. The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is not one of my favourites but here it was played sublimely. I have rarely heard it played better. this brought the film to a very satisfying conclusion.
‘Le Concert’ has some wonderful music, especially Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, but the story isn’t compelling and it is more than a little confusing. The movie tries to tread the line between farce and naturalism, which is a difficult balancing act, and only partially succeeds. There are some funny moments and some poignant. Equally there are some good performances and some indulgent and the directing, while pacey enough, lacks cohesion.
Trouble with this film was that the director couldn't decide whether he was making a comedy or something much deeper and more serious. If you don't worry too much about that and can cope with some occasional terrible overacting and silly slapstick, and you enjoy the music, then this is probably a film you will enjoy. Its definitely not bad its just that I would've preferred the more serious story without the stupid bits. But most reviewers here liked it so suggest you go with the numbers and see for yourself.
I really enjoyed this movie. music divine and loved the subtle humour
Excellent. Well and truly worth opening a bottle of red, taking the phone off the hook and settling back to enjoy all by yourself.
interesting and great characters, good story and great music.
Lovely and very enjoyable.
Interesting but not rivetting. The teachers were great - students amazingly spoilt and self-centred.
Lov e this film. The mix of pathos, comedy, a glimpse of the eastern block , he effects of Communist Regime and the music! Have seen it three times and thoroughly enjoy it each time. A feel good film!.
This DVD was sticking in several places. I had to fast forward to overcome the sticking and thereby lost the sense of some parts of the movie. Not impressed.
Very good movie otherwise
This is an excellent movie. It's a great story with fantastic music and acting. I loved it. A must see!
quite crazy but reasonably enjoyable. Hard to keep up with the subtitles. The violinist is superb.
Slow to start, but incredibly moving by the finale - worth a look
Rent this one! This is a brilliant movie - you don't have to love classical music, be an officianodo of foreign films, or have a pretentious streak to like this. It's a touching tale of people re-uniting with their forbidden past, and living (albeit for one night) the life they could have had. It's tear-jerking but at times hilariously funny. Watch this, before some dopey Hollywood director with dollars in his eyes decides that the English speaking world needs a version without subtitles. Very, very good.
enjoyed the film, something different to include such a long piece of music, done well, only gripe is that he subtitles are often hard to read & off the screen quickly
Enjoyed this quirky movie. Mike reviewed it perfectly.
Unconvenicing story and exaggerating acting, THE CONCERT is more like GOODBYE LENIN, less like AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. furthermore, it's a pity we don't get to hear good music in this "concert." For a much better integration of music, humanity and life (and much pain and joy in it), the likes such as French movie TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE or Japanese movie DEPARTURES are of a higher league.
A quirky and entertaining movie. Funny yet moving.
This film drowns in cliche and stereotyping. Silly story that irritates.
a French movie in Russian...with subtitles..This is a very funny movie..the subtitles give a good overall of the movie but the real humour and storyline is within the emotions of the actors, their expressions and of course the music. I found this thoroughly enjoyable, very humorous and the movie flowed well. I could easily watch this again.The music alone is beautiful, the story adds depth.
Wow. This is a gem of a movie. Granted, to enjoy it, you have to suspend logic and go with the flow. If you can do this you will really enjoy it.
heart warming emotional great music and doesn't take itself too seriously
This was movie I thoroughly enjoyed. What a wonderful story with many amusing scenes! The subtitles were in white and sometimes hard to read.
My husand and I loved this movie. It had a feel of Äs it is in heaven"about it. If you enjoyed that I think you would like this one.
Enjoyable, amusing and educational. A great film
Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. He returns to Paris with a ragtag mob of players in truimph. Bravo this is a film not to be missed. MAGNIFICENT!!!
How do you get a rating of 2.5 stars when the four members have given it 2x5's and 2x4's?
But enough of pedantics, this movie is funny, sad, historic and sometimes a bit silly, but it really is worth the effort . Even if you have the heart of a pea and don't even like classical music you would have to be the hardest case not to feel the least bit moved. It's almost exquisite, but spoiled by a few scenes of silly slapstick, which should have been left out. 5 stars to boost the total, in hopes that it may encourage people to watch it.
A rather awkward film of but moderate interest until the last half–hour. The finale is a performance of the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto and this, for me, was one of the most moving experiences of my life: the performance was simply wonderful.
It has the beginnings of a two-star Russian movie, but it gets better and better. Then I loved every bit of it!
An imaginative romantic story, where love heals everything in the end (not sexual love in this case, mercifully). Everything on a knife-edge most of the time and about to fall apart from treachery if not unprofessionalism, but the violin cures it all.
A mix of romance, politics, music and Paris, this is both funny and suspenseful, and well worth the watching.
This is a French movie and the dialogue is in Russian and French with satisfactory English subtitles.
Slightly too contrived in its resolution but enjoyable viewing
This is a gloriously funny movie about a band of musical misfits who impersonate the Bolshoi Orchestra on a trip to Paris. The music of Tchaikovsky is wonderful.