The Concert (Le concert)
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Twenty-five years after losing his position as the conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra for his refusal to fire the Jewish musicians, a once-famous musical director attempts to stage a late-career comeback. Andreï Semoinovitch Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was at the top of his game when the Soviet regime ended his career. More than two decades later, he's working as a janitor in the same theater where he once conducted. In his spare time, Andreï and his wife stage mock communist demonstrations to entertain the locals. When Andreï happens across an invitation to Paris' famed Théâtre du… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""The Concert" builds beautifully from a farcical premise that requires a suspension of disbelief to a musical climax that washes away our cynicism in a wave of honest tears."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Concert was so unfunny, I had to consult to make sure that it was indeed listed as a comedy."
‑ Rachel Saslow, Washington Post
"The Concert is never quite as meaningful as it makes itself out to be. That's not to say it isn't entertaining and even occasionally moving."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"[C]rammed with so much Hollywood feel-good that a studio remake is surely just around the corner... It's all entirely preposterous, and very lovely..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"At the end of the concerto, the concert hall resounds with applause, and Gavrilov utters the film's next-to-last word: "Amen." The final word? "Bravo." That's my judgment as well."
‑ CT Staff, Christianity Today
""The Concert" is manipulative, overly sentimental, sometimes ludicrous and almost completely irresistible."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It ends in a place of transcendent emotion that sends everyone out of the theater in a swirl of transport."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Por su humor absurdo, su emotivo final y el encanto de sus personajes, El Concierto tiene todos los ingredientes para convertirse en la "feel-good-movie" del año."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The drama and the comedy often don't fit together, but The Concert is so endlessly good-natured that you keep watching regardless."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Like an overanxious cymbal player, crashing out of control throughout the symphony, there's so much peripheral noise that we can barely hear the music of the piece. But please ... don't play it again, Samski."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"Benefits from clever editing and a credible cinematic representation of the ineffable power of music to ignite the human spirit. Sadly, the magic is way too long in the making."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"It's as if the movie simmers unevenly for an hour and a half, and suddenly bursts into glorious flame."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
""The Lives of Others" as seen through the feel-good filter of "Mr. Holland's Opus" - a struggle of creativity against oppression with more of the merrily made music that touchingly triumphs over adversity."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"I was annoyed by the thickness with which it layers on the schmaltz and the obviousness with which it tells its jokes."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's not often we get to see a true Russian farce."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
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