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Hilary and Jackie

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Hilary and Jackie

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Wide Release Date:
01/15/99
performer:
Rachel Griffiths, Emily Watson
director:
Anand Tucker
distributor:
October Films
author:
64419
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

In the tradition of Shine, Amadeus, and Pink Floyd — The Wall, this precious biopic holds that musical genius is born of minimal socialization. In Hilary and Jackie, cellist Jacqueline du Pre and her flautist sister Hilary — respectively played as adults with Oscar-nominated zest by Watson and Griffiths — wage a decades-long rivalry. Jackie’s a hysterical pixie; Hilary’s a sulky sprite. Neither the stars’ harmonious interplay nor director Anand Tucker’s insistent urbanity of camera work can disguise that the cello drama is melodrama. B

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