The Concert – Movie Review
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.
The Concert is a small film that you may have to wander through sub-titles. It’s partially in German and partially in French, but trust me, you’re going to love this movie. It starts off with a man directing a symphony. Only you find out he’s not an actual conductor at all, he’s the janitor. I don’t want to tell you too much about this plot because I want you to discover the same way I did. But suffice to say that it’s basically Rocky for the symphony set. You’re just going to love this movie. You fall in love with the characters, I swear to you, two minutes in, and it’s not even in English. It has a central mystery, good guys and bad guys, terrific music, a tragic back story, humor, and everything else you search for in a movie. If you don’t see this movie then you’re a silly goose because I promise you you’ll love it. It’s a five star movie, you’ll really love it.