Experience orchestral delights without risk of publicly jumbling the pronunciation of Saint-Saëns with today's deal: for $6, you get admission to see The Concert (a $13 value). The film will enjoy an exclusive engagement at the Paris Theatre; after that, check local listings for other City Cinemas showtimes.
The Concert tells the fictional tale of Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the one-time conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, fallen from a life of glory and renown after being let go from his post at the height of the communist era for refusing to fire his orchestra's Jewish musicians. At the age of 50 he finds himself still working at the Bolshoi—as a janitor, a has-been, and a drunk. By chance he intercepts a fax inviting the Bolshoi to play in a last-minute Paris engagement, which inspires the fallen prodigy to round up his former friends from their similarly undignified existences as banished musicians¬. They then take to the Paris stage in place of the esteemed orchestra, in hopes of reaping revenge and reliving their former glory.
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- …witty, moving… – Natasha Senjanovic, Hollywood Reporter
- This French made film is part farce, part Blues Brothers style putting-the-band-back-together film and part heist-type film. – Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy