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  • Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance
  • Release Date: 12 August 2016 (USA)
  • Runtime: 111 min
  • Filming Location: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $27,249,911 (USA) (7 October 2016)
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg |See full cast & crew »
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat (music by)
  • Soundtrack: Charlie’s Prelude
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Carnegie Hall | Heiress | Singer | Pianist | Concert

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  • Hugh Grant had semi-retired when director Stephen Frears convinced him to star in this film. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Grant said he participated in the film to act opposite Meryl Streep. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 88 of 88 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Meryl Streep said of co-starring with Hugh Grant as her romantic partner; “I always thought I was too old. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 But he got older”. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 81 of 81 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Meryl Streep does her own singing. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Simon Helberg does his own piano playing. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 88 of 89 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • In real life, Florence Foster Jenkins only released one professional recording. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 45 of 45 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • As portrayed in the film, Jenkins’ 1944 concert at Carnegie Hall was completely sold out. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 42 of 42 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Meryl Streep and Simon Helberg recorded all of their songs together at Abbey Road prior to filming. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Once filming began, Director Stephen Frears asked them to perform all of the music live, on set. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 42 of 42 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The Carnergie Hall scene was shot in the Hammersmith Apollo, with about 300 extras. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 40 of 40 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Jenkins created all her own outfits, inspired by the style of “a Mexican señorita” and 18th-century ball gowns. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 She also designed her pair of heavenly wings. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 According to costume designer Consolata Boyle, “She was a supreme performer, so her clothes were gorgeously outrageous. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 They were high camp but with a softness so she drew people in. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 And she had no embarrassment about how she looked.” 40 of 40 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Costume designer Consolata Boyle had to add a few pounds of padding to Streep’s slight frame in order to recreate Jenkins’ more matronly outline. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 27 of 27 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Florence Foster Jenkins was in an accident while in a taxi. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 She was unharmed, but gave the taxi driver a box of cigars because she could now hit a higher note than she could before the accident . Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 51 of 53 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

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Goofs: Anachronisms: The grand piano shown during the final recital in Carnegie Hall is a Model D Steinway piano. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 It features a modern Steinway & Sons logo, of which the first version wasn’t introduced until late 1950s.

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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Story: Florence Foster Jenkins , an heiress form NYC always wanted to be a concert pianist and play Carnegie Hall. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 An injury in her youth deterred that dream. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 So she sets out to sing her way to Carnegie Hall knowing the only way to get there would be “Practice Practice Practice ” . Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Her husband supports her venture and the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins playing Carnegie Hall becomes a truly historic event. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Written bystephen scialli

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  • Meryl Streep known as Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Hugh Grant known as St Clair Bayfield
  • Simon Helberg known as Cosmé McMoon
  • Rebecca Ferguson known as Kathleen
  • Nina Arianda known as Agnes Stark
  • Stanley Townsend known as Phineas Stark
  • Allan Corduner known as John Totten
  • Christian McKay known as Earl Wilson
  • David Haig known as Carlo Edwards
  • John Sessions known as Dr. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Hermann
  • Brid Brennan known as Kitty
  • John Kavanagh known as Arturo Toscanini
  • Pat Starr known as Mrs Vanderbilt
  • Maggie Steed known as Mrs James O’Flaherty
  • Thelma Barlow known as Mrs Oscar Garmunder
  • Liza Ross known as Mrs EE Paterson
  • Paola Dionisotti known as Baroness Le Feyre
  • Rhoda Lewis known as Mrs Patsy Snow
  • Aida Garifullina known as Lily Pons
  • David Mills known as Augustus Corbin
  • David Menkin known as Carlton Smith
  • Sid Phoenix known as Corporal Jones
  • Tunji Kasim known as Private Smith
  • Carl Davis known as Orlando Adams
  • Lloyd Hutchinson known as Microphone Engineer
  • Richard Kilgour known as Elevator Operator
  • Jonathan Plowright known as Ernest Ziegler
  • Josh O’Connor known as Donaghy
  • Brian Fisher known as Finkler
  • Stefan Bednarczyk known as Stephen Foster
  • Nathan Osgood known as Stagehand
  • Caolan Byrne known as Stagehand 2
  • John Guerrasio known as Newspaper Vendor
  • Ewan Stewart known as Colonel
  • Greg Lockett known as Chuck
  • Cameron Cuffe known as Gino
  • Georgina Morton known as Pearl
  • James Sobol Kelly known as Edgar (Diner)
  • Dar Dash known as Antonio
  • Grant Gillespie known as Brooklyn Man
  • Nat Luurtsema known as Tallulah Bankhead
  • Philip Rosch known as Archie the Doorman
  • Elliot Levey known as Edgar Booth Cunningham, Jr.
  • Danny Mahoney known as Clifford B. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Thornton III
  • Simon Markson known as Piano Tuner
  • Mark Arnold known as Cole Porter
  • Adele Smyth-Kennedy known as Wag Woman (as Adele Smith Kennedy)
  • Jenny Hawkins known as Florence’s Dresser
  • Hallam Rice-Edwards known as Corbin’s Gang
  • Victory Maburutse known as Corbin’s Gang
  • Rosy Benjamin known as Corbin’s Gang
  • Oliver King known as Corbin’s Gang
  • James Wallace known as Corbin’s Gang
  • Charles Streeter known as Corbins Gang
  • Andrew Sloane known as Corbin’s Gang
  • Madeleine Knight known as Corbin’s Gang
  • Stephanie Lane known as Corbin’s Gang
  • Zac Whitehead known as Corbyns Entourage
  • Adele Armas known as Opera Audience (uncredited)
  • Claire Ashton known as American Lady (uncredited)
  • Pamela Ashton known as Woman at news stand (uncredited)
  • Marc Benanti known as Soldier On the Balcony (uncredited)
  • Oliver Bentley-Jones known as Boy in Elevator (uncredited)
  • Paul Bergquist known as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Tim Berry known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Richard Bevan known as Stubbs (uncredited)
  • Lee Bolton known as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Marie Borg known as Girl on staircase (uncredited)
  • Dilyana Bouklieva known as Opera Audience (uncredited)
  • Eveline Chapman known as Girl in street (uncredited)
  • Pamela Betsy Cooper known as Opera Audience (uncredited)
  • Marc Cowpland known as Shoe Shine Boy (uncredited)
  • Clare Crowther known as Confused Lady (uncredited)
  • Nick Davison known as Ritz Carlton Tuxedo Male (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Eccles known as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Flor Ferraco known as Carnegie Hall Guest (uncredited)
  • Florence Foster Jenkins known as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Neve Gachev known as Friend of Florence (uncredited)
  • Caroline Garnell known as Verdi Group Lady (uncredited)
  • Philip Gascoyne known as New York Journalist (uncredited)
  • David Goodson known as Carnegie Hall Guest (uncredited)
  • Billy Griffin Jr. Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 known as Journalist (uncredited)
  • Richard Gumm known as New York Businessman (uncredited)
  • Chris Hembury known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Tony Honickberg known as Mr Levi (uncredited)
  • David Howkins known as Lobby Guest (uncredited)
  • Alan Wyn Hughes known as Journalist (uncredited)
  • Joy Isa known as Waggish Bar Woman (uncredited)
  • Alex Jaep known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Patrick Carney Junior known as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Solomon Taiwo Justified known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Phelim Kelly known as Verdi Husband (uncredited)
  • Jorge Leon Martinez known as Airborne Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Wesley Lloyd known as Corbin Entourage Member (uncredited)
  • Sarah Lola known as Upper Class Lady (uncredited)
  • Carlos Martín known as Concierge (uncredited)
  • Martyn Mayger known as Bayfield’s Lawyer (uncredited)
  • Pete Meads known as Stage Hand (uncredited)
  • Patrick Moorhouse known as Cousin (uncredited)
  • Shaun Newnham known as Extreme Bohemian Man (uncredited)
  • Alan Peett known as Crummy Street Man (uncredited)
  • Christina Pennant known as Cocktail Dress (uncredited)
  • Anita Potter known as Audience (uncredited)
  • Lovell Richards known as US Military Pilot (uncredited)
  • Janette Sharpe known as Cousin (uncredited)
  • Daran Somers known as Customer (uncredited)
  • Nicolas Stone known as John Military officer (uncredited)
  • Ryan Storey known as Journalist (uncredited)
  • Steven F Thompson known as Head Usher (uncredited)
  • Billy Totham known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Mark Walsh known as Navy Boy (uncredited)
  • Tony Paul West known as Stage Hand (uncredited)
  • Paul Wingrove known as Verdi Husband / Verdi Knight (uncredited)
  • Yvan Zahui known as Crummy Street Guy (uncredited)

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  1. bob-the-movie-man from United Kingdom says:

    Perpetuating little white lies is part of everyday life and keepssociety ticking over. But to what point is it acceptable to massage anego with a dirty black lie. A real whopper. And is such a lieperpetuated by love? Greed? Or the pursuit of personal glory? This isthe rather subtle sub-text behind the story of Florence Foster Jenkins.

    Based on a true story, Florence Foster Jenkins tells the story of atruly awful singer (Meryl Streep), cossetted in her closed world of a1944 New York hotel and pampered by her husband St Clair Mayfield (HughGrant), who is otherwise entwined with the sensuous Kathleen (RebeccaFerguson). Together with ex-actor Mayfield, the wealthy Florence is theco-star of the show at her self-owned “Verdi Club” where she has anon-speaking role enacting various ‘tableau’ scenes. But in theinterests of following her dreams she recruits the help of famoussinging instructor Carlo Edwards (the marvellous David Haig) and anenthusiastic and personable young pianist Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg,”The Big Bang Theory”). Carlo is aware of what he is in for (he wantsto keep the arrangement ‘on the quiet’); Cosme is not (to great comiceffect).

    This classic re-telling of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ ultimately takesus on a journey to a packed concert at the Carnegie Hall, where many ofthe tickets have been given away to rowdy and drunk servicemen.

    It’s impossible to describe a film as “delightful… just delightful”without hearing the velvety tones of Hugh Grant saying those words. Butthat’s what it is. A treat of moving and at times wildly funnystorytelling from director Stephen Frears (“Philomena”, “The Queen”)that just works from beginning to end.

    Meryl Streep is just glorious in the titular role, oozing charm. ThoseUK readers will probably fondly remember the piano playing ‘skills’ ofthe late, great comedian Les Dawson (google it for a youtube clip) whohad to be an absolutely brilliant pianist to be able to deliberatelyplay so badly. In a similar way, we know (from the likes of “MammaMia”) that Streep knows how to belt out a good tune, so it requiressome considerable skill to deliver Florence’s songs as well (or asbadly) as she does. Bravo Ms Streep, Bravo!

    And Hugh Grant is often quite unfairly criticized for playing HughGrant in every movie (as if Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford are muchdifferent?), but here he turns in a totally sterling performance. Thedrivers behind Mayfield’s character are never totally clear (and Iwon’t spoil that here), but in the final reel the motivating factorbecomes crystal clear, and Grant has never been better. (Bravo MrGrant, Bravo!).

    To round off the accolades for the lead performances, Simon Helbergturns in a genius comic performance as the goggle-eyed pianist, wholights up every scene he’s in and delivers his lines (e.g. one about anaval encounter) with perfect comic timing.

    Shining again in a supporting role is Rebecca Ferguson (“MissionImpossible: Rogue Nation”) who once again is dazzling. Among the brightyoung acting newcomers of the likes of Vikander and Rooney, Ferguson(who is approaching her mid-30s) brings a level of sophisticatedglamour and maturity to the screen that is strongly reminiscent of thegreat starlets of the 1940’s and 50’s like Kathrine Hepburn or LanaTurner. She is fast becoming one of my favourite actresses. Also worthyof note is Nina Arianda as gold- digging starlet Agnes Stark –effectively playing (at least at first) the “little boy in the crowd”in the Emperor’s fable.

    Written by TV-writer Nicholas Martin in his big-screen debut, the storyis slowly and subtly unwoven, only progressively revealing the plotpoints in an intelligent manner. Other screenwriters take note: this ishow to do it.

    Cinematography is by the great Danny Cohen (“The Danish Girl”; “Room”)and with the Production Design, Costuming and Special effects crew1940’s New York is vibrantly brought to life.

    While the film’s leisurely pace might make the younger set fidgety,this is a treat particularly for older viewers looking for a greatnight out at the cinema. The film got a good old-fashioned round ofapplause at my showing when the credits came up. “Delightful… justdelightful”. Go see it.

  2. Neil Welch from United Kingdom says:

    Florence Foster Jenkins is a wealthy New Yorker who lives for music.Her husband StClair enthusiastically indulges her passion: she singsfor the musical appreciation club she has created, and they all loveher. The only thing is, well, she’s not very good. But she’s harmlessand kind and tries her very best, so everyone (including her newpianist accompanist, Cosme McMoon) goes along with her. And she doesn’tseem to be aware (or worried) about the fact that St Clair spends verynight at another apartment with his mistress.

    Based on a real person, this film tells the story of a woman whosetalent so woefully falls short of her ambition that the result isfunny, yet she would be mortified if she realised that is what peopleactually thought. StClair cushions her from the unkindness which wouldotherwise come her way: this protects her, but also encourages her topush her (lack of) talent further, to the extent that she arranges aconcert at Carnegie Hall which will inevitably expose her to presshostility. This is the dramatic heart of the film, the story of whichis otherwise relatively slight. Having said that, there is a similaritybetween this film and Eddie The Eagle – superficially they appear tocelebrate mediocrity but they actually celebrate the indomitability ofthe human spirit (see also Ed Wood).

    We already knew Meryl Streep can sing: here we found out howbrilliantly she can’t sing, too: this is an hilarious portrait ofsomeone who specialises in being half a tone out just when she needednot to be, who knows what technique ought to be but can’t actuallymanage it (but thinks she can). This is Les Dawson piano playing,parlayed into operetta. She makes Florence wonderfully human. I alsoloved Simon Helberg, going from Beatle-wigged nerd in The Big BandTheory to brilliantined accompanist with a very funny line in reactionshots. Oh, and the lad is not bad on piano either. There are some niceturns in the supporting cast, especially Nina Arianda as common-as-mucknouveau riche Brooklyn wife Agnes Stark.

    But, for me, this film belonged to Hugh Grant. His quasi-aristocraticStClair, gracefully (for the most part) balancing his support forFlorence with his parallel life with mistress Kathleen, it is a nuancedperformance of humour, skill and kindness – I was never in doubt abouthow truly he loved Florence.

    This was an excellent film.

  3. huckthing from Australia says:

    The film is based on the true story of the New York socialite FlorenceFoster Jenkins. In 1944 she hired Carnegie Hall to perform as a sopranosoloist. With no musical ability whatsoever but a large inheritance toenable her to indulge her love of performing, Florence Foster Jenkinsbecomes an unwitting musical clown which sustains the comedy throughoutthe film. The character is played with gentle comic affection by MerylStreep.

    Hugh Grant is well cast as Florence’s doting and enabling husband StClair Bayfield. It is to Grant’s charisma and acting ability that he isable to portray an adulterous scoundrel who is milking his wife’sinheritance and turn it into a devoted and loving husband. Hisbrilliant charm offensive is one of the remarkable things about themovie.

    Hazel Finn

  4. PipAndSqueak from United Kingdom says:

    This is the most surprising film ever. You know it is about a woman whocan’t sing for toffee but who hosts huge concerts to not exactlyappreciative audiences. Why on earth would this make for a compellingfilm? The surprising thing is that cast, script and direction areperfectly in tune with this compassionate biographical treatment of awoman driven to be the musician she dreams she is. Knocked by paternaldisapproval, marital failure and physical illness, Florence ‘thinkspositive’ and takes action. She knows what it is to suffer and isready, at the drop of a hat, to do what she can to be of service toothers via her self declared life-passion ‘music’. It is both a joy andheart breaking to live in this woman’s world. Meryl Streep isabsolutely perfect in this role and makes this difficult storyheart-rending and laugh out loud all at once. Definite go see!

  5. Lomax343 from United Kingdom says:

    There’s something rather wonderful about people who manage to do thingsincredibly badly – William MacGonagall, the world’s worst poet, andEddie the Eagle Edwards, the world’s worst ski-jumper, spring to mind;but Florence Foster Jenkins is in the pantheon as the world’s worstsinger. I have a CD of the few recordings she made, and not the leastremarkable aspect of Meryl Streep’s performance is that she superblycaptures La Jenkins’ extraordinary singing voice. This, however, isonly one part of a beautiful performance, in which Streep gives us atouchingly vulnerable Jenkins. I saw this film expecting to laugh – andindeed there are some great comic moments. What I didn’t expect,however, was to find myself sympathising with the title character somuch, to the extent that I found myself rooting for her – not to give amagnificent recital, but at least to BELIEVE that she had. Hugh Grantplays Jenkins’ sort-of husband (they never actually married in reallife, though the film implies that they did) and manager. It’s a fineperformance, and he’s lost none of his ease with comic scenes. He alsohas some heartwarmingly touching scenes in which he gives Jenkins the(platonic) love she is so desperate for, and when he tries to shieldher from the truth. Even so, I was never quite sure how to reconcilethis side of his character with the double-life he leads withoutJenkins’ knowledge. Simon Helberg is excellent as Jenkins’ muchput-upon accompanist, and Nina Arianda provides a good turn as agold-digger who displays some unexpected heart. Highly recommended.

  6. E23-films from United Kingdom says:

    This movie, in my opinion, is mislabeled. The trailers would lead youto believe it’s a hilarious comedy about an old crazy woman who dreamsof being a singer despite being tone-deaf. There are elements of that,of course, but it has much more to it than just that.

    Don’t get me wrong, there are a fair few funny moments, especially thefirst time we hear Jenkins screeching wildly, and watching McMoondesperately contain his laughter. These successes are partially due toNicholas Martin’s organic and genuine screenplay, but mostly down togreat casting (apart from some of the terrible secondary characters!).Simon Helberg is fantastic as the competent and camp young pianist, andHugh Grant gives his best performance in years as Jenkins’ devotedhusband. But the movie belongs to Meryl Streep, who once again provesthat nothing is beyond her. Each word she smoothly speaks, orscreechingly screams, feels like her own as she embodies “the world’sworst singer”.

    Technically, the movie is impressive too. The 1940s mis-en-scene isbrilliant, from the outrageous outfits to the elegant decor andold-fashioned automobiles that inhabit wartime New York. Cohen’scinematography and Bonelli’s editing keep the film moving (physicallyand emotionally), but Stephen Frears is the true genius, taking a storywhich could have been boring and turning it into something engaging.

    As with Philomena, Frears has taken a sad, gentle, tender story andmade it surprisingly feel-good, fun and enjoyable without shying awayfrom the melancholy.

    4/5

  7. RichardAlaba-CineMuse from Sydney says:

    Genre labels shape your expectations of a movie but they are alsomanipulated by promoters to influence audience response. BothMarguerite (2016) and Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) are being sold as”hilarious comedies” whereas in reality they both tell a sad story ofself-deception and mental frailty, albeit in funny ways. Marguerite isa comedy of manners, while Florence is a tragi- comedy, the genre thatshows the sad truth behind the apparently ridiculous. Both films arebio- pics, with one satirising vanity the other telling a tragic taleabout a mental illness that is displayed on an operatically grandscale.

    Unlike the fictitious Marguerite who is ‘loosely based’ on the realperson, Florence is closely based on the wealthy and generous artssocialite Florence Foster Jenkins who came to public notoriety when shehired Carnegie Hall for her operatic recitals in 1944. Both films (andstill available YouTube recordings) show the full force of how badlythe real Florence sang, but that’s where the similarity ends. Early inthe film we learn that Florence (Meryl Streep) has defied medicalscience by living well beyond the usual lifespan of a syphilis victim,a disease she contracted on marrying when 18 years old. She endureddecades of archaic mercury and arsenic medication with progressive lossof mental functions and chronic exhaustion. Her second marriageremained celibate by mutual agreement and her husband (Hugh Grant) wasfree to have affairs but was devotedly protective of Florence. Thecinematic impact of these facts change the film from a satire to astudy of pathos and tragedy as Florence is seriously unwell and singingis the only thing keeping her alive.

    While Marguerite amplifies the ridiculous as seen from the other sideof the Atlantic, Florence is an American-owned story and any ridiculeis tempered with compassion. The combined acting virtuosity of iconsStreep and Grant will most likely earn the film Academy nominations asthese timeless stars are superb in their parts and their chemistrytogether is wonderful. Top production values are evident in the periodset and costumes, and the whole film has an elegant authenticity thatunderscores the seriousness of mental degeneration, whether its on thestage of Carnegie Hall or elsewhere. Audiences might leave cinemasstill chuckling at the singing of Marguerite and Florence, but manywill leave Florence with sympathy for her desperate desire to besomething that nature made impossible.

  8. Martin Bradley (MOscarbradley@aol.com) from Derry, Ireland says:

    Surely only those with some knowledge of musical history andconsequently at least some love of music, or perhaps a penchant foreccentricity like myself, will ever have heard of Florence FosterJenkins, reputedly the world’s worst singer, so without a ready-madeaudience why a biopic now, (two, if you count the new French film”Marguerite”)? Maybe someone somewhere saw in this tale of a deludedgrande dame a star vehicle for a talented actress of a certain age aswell as an audience-pleasing combination of comedy and pathos andthat’s exactly what you get. No real knowledge of the subject isnecessary to enjoy Stephen Frears’ hugely enjoyable biopic “FlorenceFoster Jenkins” which combines comedy, pathos and a close to careerbest performance from Meryl Streep, (who else), to terrific effect andif you think Streep can play anything, in her sleep if necessary, pausea moment. On a technical level she may be the most versatile actress inthe world but much too often she’s been accused of failing to connecton an emotional level. I’ve always felt her Margaret Thatcher a greatpiece of mimicry but hardly worthy of a third Oscar and there are thosewho will claim that her Florence Foster Jenkins is nothing more than ashameless ploy for that elusive fourth Oscar. I will simply say that ifshe is to win that fourth Oscar surely it has to be for this greatperformance. Streep clicks on every level; this a tragic-comicperformance of the first water in which Meryl never puts a foot wrongand yes, technically it’s a marvel too with Streep doing her ownappallingly off-key singing, (no mean feat for an actress with a superbvoice). This isn’t just the best thing she’s done since “Doubt” but oneof the best things she’s ever done.

    Amazingly it isn’t all a one-woman show; the big revelation here isHugh Grant as Jenkins’ husband, the man who loves her, you might sayexploits her, and does his best to protect her. It’s the least HughGrant-like performance of his career and he’s never been better.Likewise “The Big Bang Theory’s” Simon Helberg as Cosme McMoon,Jenkins’ accompanist, is outstanding in a difficult role. It’s alsobeautifully written by Nicholas Martin, looks great, (the period detailis spot on), and is very well directed by Frears. As we head into thesilly season of superhero blockbusters and the kind of of filmsdesigned to keep the kids quiet in the summer months this splendidbiography may be the last good movie we will see at our multiplexes formonths.

  9. Martin Bradley (MOscarbradley@aol.com) from Derry, Ireland says:

    12 May 2016 Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight -Florence Foster Jenkins. I was very much looking forward to this film,and it did not disappoint. It is the story of Florence, a woman devotedto music and passionate about singing. Unfortunately she cannot sing.Money however seems to buy you what you want and Florence hires thebest teacher and along with a pianist (played by Howard from The BigBang Theory, and quite wonderfully too) strives for her dreams in avery single minded fashion. Streep is the most versatile andaccomplished actress of her generation and as we have seen many timesbefore can turn her hand to practically anything. Hugh Grant whousually bumbles his way through a film with his Britishness andbuffoonery came across as a tender and caring man who loved his wifedeeply, and would do anything to prevent her from being hurt. Alongwith a simply spiffing score this film was a delight from start tofinish, all the more poignant because it was based on a true story.

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