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Hilary and Jackie (1998)

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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.

Director:

Anand Tucker

Writers:

Hilary du Pré (book), Piers du Pré (book) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Watson ... Jackie Du Pré
Rachel Griffiths ... Hilary Du Pré
James Frain ... Daniel Barenboim
David Morrissey ... Kiffer Finzi
Charles Dance ... Derek Du Pré
Celia Imrie ... Iris Du Pré
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Piers Du Pré
Bill Paterson ... Cello Teacher
Auriol Evans Auriol Evans ... Young Jackie
Keylee Jade Flanders ... Young Hilary (as Keeley Flanders)
Grace Chatto Grace Chatto ... Teena
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Dame Margot Fonteyn
Maggie McCarthy Maggie McCarthy ... Margaret
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Professor Bentley
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ... BBC Nabob
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hilary y Jackie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,956, 3 January 1999

Gross USA:

$4,912,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,912,892
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film has never been released in France to avoid any litigation from the real life Daniel Barenboim. See more »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

A live recording of one of Jacqueline du Pre's performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, was used in three scenes in this film. All of the other music was specially recorded. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Rachel Griffiths in Conversation (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

First Fantasy Piece for Violoncello and Piano, Opus 73
Written by Robert Schumann
Excerpts played as part of the score
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Well-structured and engaging character piece
4 August 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

As a child Hilary was the talented musician on the flute and the younger Jacqueline was encouraged to keep up if she wanted to accompany her sister on trips to musical events. So Jackie practiced hard on her cello to do so, gradually becoming better than her sister. As adults Hilary is now very much in the shadow of her brilliant sister Jackie, who is booked solid for shows. However where Hilary finds happiness and support from her partner and husband Kiffer, Jackie grows increasingly isolated from others. The pair's relationship drifts apart but comes together again to produce one traumatic moment in their relationship.

I'm sure it has been done many times but I still found this film's structure to be pretty clever. The central traumatic act in the narrative occurs halfway through the film; up until then we follow things from Hilary's point of view and then in the second half we jump backwards and work up to it again (and beyond) from Jacqueline's (more or less). The effect is that the first half of the film is engaging as it develops along lines we don't know while the second film is engaging as it underpins the reasons for Jacqueline's character and where she goes from there. I put of watching the film because I had no knowledge of the characters and no real interest in their music, however now that I have watched it I am glad I did as it is well made and interesting. It is very character driven and evenly paced, which will annoy some viewers but for me it worked really well and produced a story that didn't require you to know the people involved because you felt you did by the end.

Watson leads the cast really well, bringing out the innocent of her character as easily as she does the spite within Jackie. Griffiths yet again shows her talent in taking on yet another accent and strange character and pulling it off. They work well together although their best scenes are early on. Support is good from Frain, Morrissey, Dance, Imrie and others but the film is lead well by the main two actresses who work well with the material given them.

Overall this is a well paced film that will annoy some but is heavy in quality. The character development in the script is strong and the cast respond well to it. Tucker controls it all well with a good eye for a scene and some imaginative visual touches and brings out a film that is well-structured and engaging even if it won't be to everyone's tastes.


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