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3.0 out of 5 stars Hilary and Jackie, 18 Jun. 2011
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This film is based on the book written by the sister and brother of Jacqueline du Pre,the musical prodigy who was tragically struck down in her prime by multiple sclerosis.It is a difficult film to watch as it pulls no punches in describing relationships within the Du Pre family.It was heavily criticised at the time of release as friends of Jackie said that it portrayed an unfair picture of her.
Nevertheless the performances of the main protagonists are excellent and the viewer is certainly given plenty to think about.
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Initial post: 23 May 2012 04:46:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2012 04:56:54 BDT
mckavitt says:
I thought the film minimalist concerning the real story, as glimpsed in the book by du Pre's siblings, whose own vision was forcibly flawed, but those who find the portrayal of Jackie as unfair do not want to own up to her humanity. I think she was probably at times much "worse", but then she was not an angel or saint, but a prodigiously gifted musician robbed of all that might have fulfilled her, despite emotional immaturity and a certain cultural poverty. She was "breaking the waves," and was broken herself through no fault of her own. She had every reason to be absolutely, irrevocably FURIOUS and managed not to be much of the time and to be as creative as her illness permitted. That this sublime woman and artist was struck down in the fullness of youth and its promise did happen, whether we like it or not, and i can just about imagine how she must have hated it and resented all the stupid, cruel and misleading comments she received from those close to her as from total strangers. She was HUMAN, afterall, and it is this gifted humanity of hers which informed her music making, her beauteous smiling relationships and made her less than godly in the face of total, unremitting demise. This is pure tragedy on every level. The film doesn't seem to convey most of that but focuses on details, bits and pieces which do not add up to what really happened nor to whom. That's a bit sad, but not, fortunately for us, a tragedy altho' it does her injustice not to show the whole person, before and after. Jacqueline du Pre deserved better. We know however and can pay her compliment of accepting her with all her disparities and ambivalences. So, let's do it, film or no film.

Posted on 1 Apr 2013 01:12:41 BDT
Lindosland says:
No, this film was not based on the book; it was based on stories told directly to the scriptwriter at a time when the book was being written. This is made clear in a guide to the film that was given to me when I first saw it in the cinema. The film is a story with artistic licence, the book on the other hand claims to be the truth as best the siblings can relate it.

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 13:37:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Feb 2015 13:51:32 GMT
Lindosland says:
As I have said before, your opening sentence is not true. The film is not based on the book - quite simply because the book was NOT WRITTEN when the film was planned. The script was based on conversations with the brother and sister who were at the time writing the book. I am keen that this error, which is repeated all over the internet, and is quite important to such a controversial film should be put right; will you please do that. If in doubt, can I refer you to the opening sentence in Wikipedia for the evidence.

I do also think that your review fails to say anything about the real message of the film, and the book, which concerns the tragedy of a young woman trapped in a 'family nexus' that led her to pursue a life that caused her distress and did not bring her true satisfaction. Your 'nevertheless' is condescending and an injustice to the film makers and to the family. Those who wish to pretend that the only tragedy was the result of MS (I think the MS might have been, to some extent, the result of stress; a known factor in MS) are entitled to their opinions, but please do not quote them as if they were guardians of truth against which the film is to be judged. The strength of the film is that it lets us into the inside story on which we can decide for ourselves.

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 15:00:15 GMT
I stand corrected. The film was based upon conversations between brother and sister prior to the writing of the book about their sister.
G.McMenemy.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2015 15:35:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Feb 2015 17:36:40 GMT
Lindosland says:
So, change the review please ??
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