melanie laurent

2011 was a year centered firmly on both endings and beginnings, returns to greatness, nostalgic looks back, and terrifying looks forward. The year gave us stories centered on stars and filmakers of the past, the first silent film of the new millennium, and treatises on life, death, mental illness, and the end of the world.

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Beginners

by Cap'n Carrot on December 1, 2011 · 0 comments

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In a story about a man surrounded by death we get a tale about life, love, leading with your heart, and beginnings. Only a couple of years after burying his mother (Mary Page Keller), and just two months after the death of his father (Christopher Plummer), Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is dragged to a party by two friends (Kai LennoxChina Shavers) where he meets Anna (Mélanie Laurent).

The two immediately hit it off despite the fact that Anna is suffering from an acute case of laryngitis and Oliver is still reeling from the latest emotional blow to his life. Anna brings her own baggage to the table as a constantly on-the-move actress who is known for leaving those she’s fallen in love with. This is a concept Oliver understands completely as he remarks that you don’t have to move away to leave people.

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Based on the life of Andrei Simoniovich Filipov The Concert tells the tale of the great conductor who was blackballed for hiring Jewish musicians. 30 years later, while working as a janitor at the Bolshoi, Filipov (played here by Aleksei Guskov) hijacks a concert reuniting his old orchestra in an attempt to finally finish the concert which began three decades earlier. Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) stars as the young virtuoso who Filipov picks for the performance. The film is currently in limited release in select cities.

Le Concert

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