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The tragic story of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.

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Hilary Du Pré
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Daniel Barenboim
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Kiffer Finzi
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Derek Du Pré
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Iris Du Pré
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Piers Du Pré
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Cello Teacher
Auriol Evans ...
Young Jackie
Keylee Jade Flanders ...
Young Hilary (as Keeley Flanders)
Grace Chatto ...
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Nyree Dawn Porter ...
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Margaret
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British sisters Hilary du Pré and Jacqueline du Pré are both talented musicians, Hilary a flautist, Jackie a cellist. With regard to their musical prowess, they have always had a friendly competitive nature with each other, fueled in large part by the want of their pianist mother, Iris, for them to achieve musical greatness. But underlying this friendliness is a deep desire to be truly better than the other. Despite or perhaps in part because of her flamboyant performance style, the younger Jackie emerges from the shadows of older Hilary's more triumphant childhood successes to become the renowned musician in the family. Although both continue with their music and both end up marrying (Hilary to Kiffer Finzi, and Jackie to pianist Daniel Barenboim), Hilary focuses on her home life, whereas Jackie focuses on her career. A seemingly odd request by Jackie to Hilary is later understood, but Hilary's agreement to that request demonstrates the true nature of their loving but unusual ... Written by Huggo

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Two sisters. Two lives. One Love... See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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15 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£161,538 (UK) (12 February 1999)

Gross:

$4,874,838 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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Emily Watson actually learned to play the cello as a child so was a natural for the part of Jacqueline du Pré. She practiced so long and so intensively for the film that she would frequently make her fingers bleed. See more »

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In the Russian newspaper the title above the Jackie's photo states "About Lenin, about October" See more »

Quotes

Hilary: If you think being an ordinary person is any easier than being an extraordinary one, you're wrong.
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Referenced in I Give It a Year (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello in D Major
Written by Joseph Haydn
Excerpts played as part of the score
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Wow - Heavy subject, but worth it!
10 April 2001 | by (Cedar Rapids, IA) – See all my reviews

This heavy subject matter is so well done, it left me wanting more! The acting is superb. I have always loved Rachel Griffiths and she doesn't let the viewer down in this one either. She pulls this one off fantastically and IS Hilary du Pré! Emily Watson's performance is unbelievable and should have been recognized with a multitude of awards. It is amazing how well she acts in this. One truly believes that SHE has Multiple Sclorosis. I was amazed at how well she played the scenes. I just can't say enough about this film. I highly recommend that if you want quality writing and acting and are prepared for some realistic yet somewhat disturbing subject matter about life, RENT this film!


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