Written February 11, 2013
This is a beautiful piece--visually, musically, and in terms of the fine acting.The theatre was nearly full, and everyone laughed together. Deep laughs of recognition. I noticed quite a lot of gray hair around me, and perhaps this is a virtuoso piece for people of "a certain age."
The outcome is somewhat predictable--we all know that people get old and frail and eventually die. Less usual is the treatment of the parts of us that live until the end: our love of (in this case) music, and our love for each other.
The inclusion of actual, older musicians was a real treat.
Written July 24, 2014
Loved this movie. It so reflects its director's consciousness -- funny, bawdy, a bit over the top, and his love of music --he's a great pianist-- elevates it .
Written January 28, 2013
What a rare pleasure these days: a fillm with first-rate acting, writing and direction, about actual people. The multi-generation gap between seniors and teenagers is played with complete respect for both - how often do we see that nowadays? The locale is a delight - I want to live in that house. And there's music everywhere, all the time. A first-rate chamber piece. Highly recommended.
Written January 27, 2013
You don't have to be an opera lover to enjoy the interaction between the residents and staff at this retirement home for professional musicians. It's a story of hope when you feel you've lost what you thought was important. It shows how valuable friendships are, how easy it is to misunderstand circumstances and the importance of being able to forgive yourself and others It also makes obvious what we all have in common no matter our situation in life - mortality. I loved everything about this movie. The actors, the music and the beautiful location.
Written February 25, 2013
This movie is definitely outstanding and everyone should see it. A beautiful love story that unfolds to opera and classicl music. The cast is amazing and Maggie Smith is at her best as usual. All of the actors did a wonderful job of the persons they portrayed. It is definitely a must see and my husband and I will probably go see it again!