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A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

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Paolo Sorrentino
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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Retrosettes The Retrosettes ... Swing Band (as The Retrosettes Sister Band)
Gabriella Belisario Gabriella Belisario ... Escort (as Gabriela Belisario)
Laura De Marchi ... Escort's Mother
Rachel Weisz ... Lena Ballinger
Paul Dano ... Jimmy Tree
Harvey Keitel ... Mick Boyle
Alex Macqueen ... Queen's Emissary
Michael Caine ... Fred Ballinger
Ian Attard ... 1st Queen's Emissary Assistant (as Ian Keir Attard)
Adam Jackson-Smith ... 2nd Queen's Emissary Assistant
Dorji Wangchuk Dorji Wangchuk ... Buddhist Monk
Roly Serrano ... South American
Loredana Cannata Loredana Cannata ... South American's Wife
Mãdãlina Ghenea ... Miss Universe (as Madalina Ghenea)
Mark Kozelek ... Mark Kozelek
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Storyline

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a movie director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important movie, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. Written by Anonymous Love Revolver

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France | UK | Switzerland

Language:

English | Spanish | Swiss German

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR12,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,085, 6 December 2015

Gross USA:

$2,703,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,459,358
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Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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When the conductor comes on stage the violinists in the orchestra are using one hand to clap in their lap. The etiquette is slowly hitting the bow onto the partition support. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fred Ballinger: You can't smoke here.
Queen's Emissary: What, even outside?
Fred Ballinger: Not even inside.
Queen's Emissary: Uh, well Pardon me, Mr. Ballinger. Or may I call you Maestro?
[drops his cigarettes onto the table]
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Ceiling Gazing
(Mark Kozelek / Jimmy LaValle)
Performed by Mark Kozelek
Courtesy of Caldo Verde
Published by House of Hassle
by arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Sights, sounds and thoughts
7 March 2017 | by UnknownianSee all my reviews

As a younger man, I probably wouldn't have cared much for this movie, because as a younger man, I wasn't preoccupied with getting older, and the consequences of reaching the September of my life.

However, as a musician, photographer, and a baby boomer, I absolutely loved it. I would have given it 10 stars except for a poorly written character trait implied in Michael Cain's "Fred Ballinger" to appeal to the gay community for God knows what reason. It doesn't fit into the character's personality or lifestyle at all, and so it made no sense and was purely gratuitous.

Aside from that one issue, I found this movie to be a "masterpiece", combining sights, sounds and thoughts in a totally original fashion, and takes place in a setting I can't recall ever seeing in any other motion picture.

The acting is flawless from all involved, as is the casting, sets, editing, and most of all: 'the music'. I have since purchased the blu-ray of this film, and have watched it more times than I'd care to admit, and I've never been able to control my emotions at the very end with the voice of an angel soprano singing her heart out to a song that not only should have been nominated for an Oscar (it was), but should have won it hands down. 'Simple Song #3'

If you're an action addict, this film isn't for you. However, if like like beautiful scenery, music, and talent from all involved, you may like this film as much as I did: One of my top ten favorites.


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