Florence Foster Jenkins

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Florence Foster Jenkins

Stephen Frears (2016)

105min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A heart-warming tribute to the wealthy American socialite who desperately wanted an operatic soprano career but couldn't sing a note, this fascinating biopic is a compelling rumination on the powers of self-delusion and devotion. Stephen Frears (Philomena) strikes just the right balance between humour and pathos, with Meryl Streep triumphant as the daydream diva who infamously hired Carnegie Hall in 1944 to showcase her "talent" after performing mainly for friends in private. Hugh Grant also gives one of his best performances as Jenkins's complicated common-law husband, who stops at nothing to keep intrigued critics away to guarantee his wife isn't turned into a laughing stock. And Simon Helberg is spot-on as her camp pianist, whose journey through professional embarrassment to hopeless loyalty follows the same poignant path the viewer is put upon. Simultaneously cringe-worthy, uplifting and sobering, this captivating look at the coloratura curiosity is hugely entertaining and masterfully moving.

Summary

Premiere. A tone deaf socialite imagines she is a great singer, and her conniving yet devoted husband allows her to remain in her fantasy by holding concerts with small, invited audiences. However, reality threatens to intrude when she announces her intention of realising a lifelong dream of performing in New York's Carnegie Hall, recruiting a struggling young pianist to aid her. Fact-based comedy, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

Cast & Crew

Florence Foster Jenkins Meryl Streep
St Clair Bayfield Hugh Grant
Cosme McMoon Simon Helberg
Kathleen Rebecca Ferguson
Agnes Stark Nina Arianda
John Totten Allan Corduner
Earl Wilson Christian McKay
Carlo Edwards David Haig
Dr Hermann John Sessions
Arturo Toscanini John Kavanagh
Mrs EE Paterson Liza Ross
Director Stephen Frears
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PatheGuidance: Some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 May 2016
Comedy Drama