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Le concert (2009)

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Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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... Andrey Simonovich Filipov (as Aleksei Guskov)
... Aleksandr 'Sasha' Abramovich Grosman (as Dimitri Nazarov)
... Anne-Marie Jacquet / Lea
... Olivier Morne Duplessis
... Guylène de La Rivière (as Miou Miou)
... Ivan Gavrilov (as Valeri Barinov)
Lionel Abelanski ... Jean-Paul Carrère
Laurent Bateau ... Bertrand
... Pyotr Tretyakin
... Irina Filipova (as Anna Kamenkova Pavlova)
... Momo
Anghel Gheorghe ... Vassili (as Anghel Gheorghe dit 'Caliu Din Clejani')
Aleksandr Komissarov ... Viktor Vikich (as Alexander Komissarov)
... Moïse
Despina Stanescu ... Rivka
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Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Châtelet Theater in Paris invites the Bolshoi orchestra to play there. He decides to gather together his former musicians and to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra. As a solo violin player to accompany his old Jewish or Gypsy musicians he wants Anne-Marie Jacquet, a young virtuoso. If they all overcome the hardships ahead this very special concert will be a triumph. Written by Guy Bellinger

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An Uplifting Comedy About a True Band of Misfits. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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4 November 2009 (France)  »

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El concierto  »

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€1,859,866 (France), 8 November 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,742, 1 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$657,194, 14 November 2010
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2.35 : 1
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French visa # 106079 delivered on 22-10-2009. See more »

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L'Internationale
Music composed in 1888 by Pierre Degeyter
(Ivan's mobile ringtone)
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An explosion of desperate comedy, melancholy drama and passion
21 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Concert is a French/ Italian/Romanian/Belgian production shot in Moscow and Paris. The publicity blurb says that the musical finale is worth the ticket price alone, but I would say even reading the list of exotic names floating over the opening credits is worth a good percentage of the price.

We travel back 30 years to when Andrei, talented young conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra, was humiliated and sacked by Breshnev for refusing to get rid of his Jewish musicians. Fast forward to the present, and we find him still working at the Bolshoi - but as a cleaner. One lucky day he finds himself alone with the office fax machine. What follows is an audacious plot to get his old sidekicks to Paris, using borrowed instruments, hired suits and fake passports, posing as the real Bolshoi for a concert at the Theatre du Chatelet. If you can imagine a story as full of colour and drama as the TV rock 'n' roll serial epic Tutti Frutti, jammed into just one cinema experience, this could be it. It's rare to see so many set pieces in one film.

I laughed out loud once or twice - and if you know what a grumpy old man I am you would realise what that means. I was also moved to tears, but I'm not telling you why. That would spoil it all - just saying that under its layer of manic fast-cut comedy the story carries a deep, dark and passionate secret which gradually reveals itself as the comedy peels off. The music is, I have to add, beautiful - whether it's Roma dance jigs in the street or Tchaikovsky in the concert hall. Bring a hanky!


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