The Concert

Simply put The Concert is an amazing film. Who would have thought that a Romanian-French film set in Russia that starts off as an almost slapstick comedy would end with one of the most emotionally satisfying ending ever? And in-between those two points have so many great moments?

The story revolves a man know as 'The Maestro' who has fallen on hard times after his career as the leader of the Bolshoi Orchestra ended when Brezhnev interrupted a major performance and disbanded the orchestra so he could kick out all the Jewish players. Through circumstances that would only fit in a slapstick film from the early days he gets the opportunity to reform the group and play a prestigious concert in Paris.

Even though thirty years have passed, he is able to find almost all the original members and herds them onto a plane bound for Paris. Once there, most of the musicians have other agendas and the group disperses throughout the French city. The majority of their scams are hilarious and the furthest thing from their minds is the impending concert. A collective emotional moment from their pasts finally draws then together and they perform the show.

Getting a balance between comedy, pathos and political commentary just right was no easy task but The Concert seamlessly steps through these divergent camps. It’s early in the year but this film will easily make the majority of people’s top ten lists, it’s that good. See it now, you will laugh, you will cry and you will leave the cinema with that warm feeling of time well spent.
Rob Hudson

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