THE CONCERT is the new film from Radu Mihaileanu, the acclaimed writer/director of Live and Become, starring Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), Francois Berleand; (Transporter series), and Alexei Guskov. In this new comedy, Guskov stars as Andrei Filipov, a once celebrated Russian conductor of the Bolshoi who has hit rock bottom and is now working as a depressed custodian who drinks too much. But when he intercepts an invitation meant for this former orchestra to perform in Paris, Andrei masterminds a plan to pose as the leader of the group in order to make a triumphant return to the music scene. With a motley bunch of former musicians at his side, Andrei sets off for Paris to fulfill his destiny and return to his glory as a great conductor. Along the way, he will reunite with a young, beautiful violin virtuoso played by acclaimed actress Melanie Laurent who holds the key to his past and to his future. With a message of hope and making the most of second chances, THE CONCERT promises to be one of the most uplifting and entertaining films of the year.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A messy, comedic sprawl that leaks at the seams.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 07.30.2010
This former violist can vouch that Laurent does a bravura job of fake fiddle playing, and Guskov's baton work as a conductor is exemplary.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 07.28.2010
Mihaileanu keeps this French production flowing buoyantly, skittering past all manner of improbabilities.Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 07.30.2010
[A] warm, witty fairy-tale.Natasha Senjanovic, Hollywood Reporter, 07.30.2010