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Genre Comedy
Running Time 120 min
Release Date Jul 30, 2010
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The Concert (Le concert)

Thirty years ago, Andrei Filipov was the conductor of the illustrious Bolshoi orchestra until he was fired for using Jewish musicians. Now he works as a janitor and drinks too much. But when he intercepts an invitation for the Bolshoi to perform in Paris, Andrei masterminds a plan to gather his own Bolshoi to go in their place 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… Show more

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August 6, 2010 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris

‘The Concert’’ could just have been some sanctimonious exercise in sentimentality. Any time anti-Semitism, Soviet communism, and Tchaikovsky come together, Kleenex and a foreign-language Oscar can’t be far behind. But even though the grand finale is not without some arm-twisting, “The Concert’’ is a passable, sometimes skillful farce. Once upon a time, Andrei Filipov (Alexei Guskov) conducted the Bolshoi Orchestra. Now, he works as its janitor. It’s a long story. But, basically, 30 years ago, he lost everything when he refused to sack his Jewish musicians at the behest of the Communist Party. Rather than continue to fantasize about his old job, he hatches a scheme to take it back, by impersonating the Bolshoi.

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