Hilary And Jackie details
|Starring:||David Morrissey, Emily Watson, Charles Dance, James Frain, Rachel Griffiths, Celia Imrie|
Hilary And Jackie
|Run time:||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Sep 2001|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Beautiful MusicBy a customer from London, England , 23 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This film is based on a true story, although some of the things that happen seem as though they must be exaggerated, if not totally fabricated. Nevertheless, the characters are real enough to hold the attention, and you do occasionally want to shake them for being so silly. The narrative structure is interesting, trying to give different sides of the same story. It is really the performances that make the film worth watching, and there is also some lovely music, although not so much that the film becomes boring if you aren't that interested in the musical side of it.
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Superb, but a little dull in placesBy Gavinder (20 reviews) from London , 30 Apr 2010Lots of passion, great music and some good acting. This films is a little slow at times, but is imaginative and provides great insight into the difficult life of a great musician. Overall its a classical music treat.
Talented Sisters make music!By Charles Brickley from Andover, Hampshire England , 17 Nov 2009Like 'Shine' made in 1996, this is another brilliant film made about the true story behind a flawed classical musical genius.
This is the tragic tale of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her older sister Hilary, a talented Flautist herself.
Jackie is played by the fascinating Emily Watson whose performance alongside the equally bewitching Rachel Griffiths as Hilary earned both actresses Oscar Nominations.
Director Anand Tucker had a very talented cast with which to support his two leading ladies. Any production with Charles Dance, Celia Imrie, David Morrissey and Rupert Penry-Jones in, is bound to impress the audience.
It is a sad and beautiful tale told with a tear in the eye and some might think, too cruel at times, to watch.
The musical performances match the excellent acting and overall I believe that if you like an artistic but tragic biography then you will not be disappointed in this little gem.
Worth the money but make sure that you have plenty of tissues handy!
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OutstandingBy CTM (62 reviews) from Harrow , 11 Sep 2008I saw this at the cinema when it came out in 1998, and have been wanting to see it again for a long time. It is just as good as I remember.
The film tells narrates the life of cellist Jaqueline du Pre; it is very beautifully done and wonderfully engaging- you feel totally absorbed from the start. Emily Watson is outstanding as Jackie (though the cello playing is not particularly convincing) and David Morrisey is fantastic as Kiffer.
If you are a musician, this will be absorbing on all levels, and if you are not, you should still find it very worthwhile.
Hilary & Jackie ReviewBy Montana (2 reviews) from Hounslow , 05 Sep 2008I was recommended this film from a coleague. I must say for an autobioagry film it is quite decent. In particular emily watsons great acting towards the end. HoweverI did find myself getting a little bored and edgy in the middle of the film. The music was great direction and execution was ok. Worth a watch if you like tru stories but must be watched on a Sunday or a Monday afternoon
Almost PerfectBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 28 Aug 2008An almost perfect biographical film of Jacqueline Du Pre and her sister, with an ending that is one of the most powerfully moving I have ever seen. The film starts on a beach with the two young sisters seeing a phantasm that is the grown up Jacqueline, and I have to say that this is a rather weak introduction, in that the little girl who plays the young cellist is either not up to the part or has been badly directed in her speech, which sounds so wooden and unnatural. However, this is perhaps a minor quibble, in that what follows is a great film, investigating the emotional friction and love that exists between the two sisters. There is jealousy on both girls' parts, Hilary's for Jacqueline's talent, and the latter's for her sister's husband. Moreover, the film makes it apparent that Jacqueline is anything but a 'good' person whilst her sister is forbearing and tolerant, although this may be because Hilary actually wrote the book on which the film is based with her brother. Emily Watson's performance is outstanding, and the physical decline she depicts in Du Pre is gut wrenchingly powerful. One weeps for a life so cruelly ended.