Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Le Concert, Edinburgh Filmhouse

The whole family went to see this recent comedy, and I have to say we all enjoyed it very much. I'd read some reviews which complained that the storyline was far-fetched (well, yes, but have you seen Some Like It Hot lately? it's a comedy) and that it was over-sentimental. Sentimental, yes, though a film about not only Russian, but Russian Jewish musicians really would be far-fetched if sentiment was wholly absent. I should add that all the comments under the poor reviews were positive and reckoned the reviewers were talking through their backsides: which they were.

Basic plot: conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra is sacked by Brezhnev along with all the orchestra's Jewish musicians, and has to work as a cleaner. One day he intercepts a fax from the Chateket Theatre in Paris asking the Bolshoi Orchestra to do a concert there at short notice. He gets together his old sacked buddies and they pass themselves off as the Bolshoi Orchestra and do the gig, various subplots and a lot of very funny scenes. Melanie Laurent (the cinema owner from Inglourious Basterds) plays the soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and - I speak as a violinist - mimes more convincingly than anyone I've seen recently. My son wis convinced that Dmitri Nazarov, who plays Sacha, is in the opening scene of Men In Black, but IMDb doesn't list him in it so he's probably wrong. (Though as with the Rain Man toothpicks scene, there may still be four in the box.....)

Anyway, go and see the film. It's no doubt funnier if you spend a lot of time trying to organise orchestral concerts, but then The Full Monty is probably even funnier if you're a steelworker. You'll still find plenty to laugh at, trust me.

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