THE CONCERT
LE CONCERT
2009, 119 min, France, Dir: Radu Mihaileanu

Andrei Filipov (Aleksei Guskov), once the famed conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was humiliatingly fired under Brezhnev’s rule for keeping Jewish musicians in the company. Now, working as a lowly janitor in the very same building, he intercepts an invitation for the current Bolshoi orchestra to perform at the Châtelet Theater in Paris and seizes an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past for himself and his former musicians. Gathering the company together with the addition of a young violinist (Mélanie Laurent, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), Andrei sets off on a heist to complete the Tchaikovsky concerto performance he has waited thirty years to finish. Equal parts farcical, engaging, and poignant, director Radu Mihaileanu crafts a journey of highs and lows that climaxes "in a place of transcendent emotion that sends everyone out of the theater in a swirl of transport." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

In French and Russian with English subtitles.


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