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Four Last Songs -- A comic drama set on a Mediterranean island, where a motley collection of characters is seeking musical redemption.

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11 January 2007 (New Zealand) See more »
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A comic drama set on a Mediterranean island, where a motley collection of characters is seeking musical redemption. | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Lisa Della Casa obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 11 December 2012, 1:06 PM, PST)

Prom 5: BBC Philharmonic/Mena – review
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 18 July 2012, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Portrait of the artist: Richard Wilson, actor
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 19 July 2010, 1:30 PM, PDT)

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Lovely setting, Great Idea, But a Bit Weak Nonetheless See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stanley Tucci ... Larry

Rhys Ifans ... Dickie

Hugh Bonneville ... Sebastian Burrows

Jena Malone ... Frankie

Jessica Hynes ... Miranda (as Jessica Stevenson)

Karl Johnson ... Erico

Virgile Bramly ... Narcisco Ortega
María Esteve ... Sweetie

Marisa Paredes ... Veronica

Emmanuelle Seigner ... Helena
Manuel Barceló ... Mayor (as Manel Barceló Suares)
Amy Baillarceon ... One of Narcisco's Entourage
Tolo Servera ... One of Narcisco's Entourage
Drew Donovan ... One of Narcisco's Entourage
Illona Novacrova ... One of Narcisco's Entourage
Ivan de Lucas ... Mechanic
Roumiana Tzankova Nounez ... Vangelis
Mario Kugehl ... German Tourist
Miriam Delorge ... German Tourist
Salvador Oliva Suau ... Cafe Shop Owner
Marcus Kuhne ... Music Critic
Pere Pau Martin Antich ... Biographer
Scott Kenny ... Priest
Kay Petchold ... Chef
Toni de Cùber ... Image of the Great Composer

Directed by
Francesca Joseph 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francesca Joseph 

Produced by
Ruth Caleb .... producer
Mate Cantero .... producer
Chris Collins .... producer (as Christopher Collins)
Paula Jalfon .... executive producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Nicolás Tapia .... line producer
Alicia Tellería .... line producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dan Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Javier Salmones 
 
Film Editing by
St. John O'Rorke 
 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Carrie Hilton 
 
Production Design by
John Stevenson 
 
Costume Design by
Julian Day 
 
Makeup Department
Sylvie Imbert .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
María Carrera .... production manager
Juanjo Seda .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Fry .... first assistant director
Robert Grayson .... second assistant director
Esperanza Hill .... second second assistant director
Paula Turnbull .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Daniel Aguilarte .... props maker
Netty Chapman .... stand-by set decorator
Laura Lopez-Guerrero .... art department assistant
Paul Toddington .... property master
 
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley editor
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley recordist
Owen Bleasdale .... foley artist
Chinna Boapeah .... sound maintenance engineer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Simon Gershon .... supervising sound editor
Dan Green .... supervising dialogue editor
Mike Grimes .... sound effects editor
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Gareth Llewellyn .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Zak Melemendjian .... dialogue editor (as Peter Melemendjian)
James Perry .... adr recordist
George Richards .... sound recordist
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Andrew Stirk .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Simon Allmark .... visual effects editor
Paul Beard .... visual effects line producer
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Hocking .... digital effects artist
Rhodri James .... system engineer
Isaac Layish .... digital effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Susie Allnutt .... still photographer
Teresa Benitez .... clapper loader
Roberto Campos .... genny op
Gontzal Domingo .... second assistant camera
Peque Griffin .... steadicam operator
Guillem Huertas .... first assistant camera: second unit
Xavi José .... video assist operator
Andreu Rebés .... director of photography: second unit
Guillermo Sempere .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Tamara Notcutt .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Simon Allmark .... digital intermediate conform editor: Men From Mars
Phil Ashton .... grader
Marsha Bramwell .... assistant editor
Helen de Winter .... post-production consultant
Steve Farman .... negative cutter
Justin Lanchbury .... digital intermediate supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Becky Bentham .... music supervisor
Rebecca Gatrell .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Bruce White .... viola
 
Other crew
Imogen Bell .... production coordinator
Carmen P. Bernal .... cashier payer
Carmen P. Bernal .... production assistant
Cristina Bolós .... production accountant
Daniel Sampedro Palerm .... production assistant
Matthew Sanders .... publicist
Juanjo Seda .... location manager
Rachel Quigley Smith .... production accountant
Javier Torreiro .... set manager
 

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Never released to theatres in the U.S.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In one scene, as Narcisco plays the piano, one shot shows his hands working upwards on the keys (left to right) while the piano music that is heard clearly moves lower and lower in tone, which could only be accomplished by playing the keys right to left. The next shot finishes the musical phrase correctly.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Larry:Señora Lunchinski, forgive me for writing to you when we do not know each other. Like so many people who live on this island, I came from another country to find a new beginning. To put myself on the map. One of the forces that drew me was the extraordinary power of your late husband's music...
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Lovely setting, Great Idea, But a Bit Weak Nonetheless, 9 August 2008
Author: JPMDatIMDB from USA

Disclaimer: I know most of the people on whom the characters are (loosely) based, and the area of the production (the village of Deia on the island of Mallorca), and the house in which it's set. I even happened to meet the director as they were getting ready to shoot the film, so I should have a natural tendency to praise this piece.

On the flip side, I've been a writer and, as a young pup, a movie theater manager, so I see a lot of film and video, which perhaps makes me a bit more, um, particular about film making.

The good stuff: The scenery is glorious, with or without the "homesick factor." The opening shot of the little church atop the mountain, with the several-hundred-year-old terraces of olives and fruit below, makes you want to call Iberia and book the next flight to Spain. The restaurant at the Cala, where you first see Miranda and Larry playing music together, is beautiful (great food, by the way) but looks more glamorous than in real life.

The idea of bringing unheard classical music out of the past into modern ears is a good premise, with plenty of subplots going on to keep things interesting, while the idea of my sister popping up in the middle of all these other complications just adds another layer to the stack of amusing plot devices.

On the flip side: I felt that the story didn't flow quite as well as I'd expected, perhaps because the dialog didn't strike me as quite sharp enough. It seems like the actors weren't quite sure where to go or what to say at times, so some of the story got a little lost. (I learned later they were instructed to ad lib most of their lines.)

Nonetheless, I'd give it good marks for a light comedy, set in an idyllic location, with interesting characters, and a different premise from the usual "two strangers meet and fall in love, with laughs for all" that appears to mark the genre these days.

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