Hilary And Jackie (1998)

ANAND TUCKER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

United Kingdom, 1998.  Arts Council of England, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Intermedia Films, The Oxford Film Company.  Screenplay by , based on the book A Genius In The Family by Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Hilary DuPre () is a brilliant flautist who chooses the life of wife and mother over fame and fortune. Jacqueline DuPre () is a world-celebrated cellist who feels that she just fell into the role of celebrity player and now can’t get a hold of her own personal life again. The experiences that these two sisters share is the focal point for this marvelous musical biopic, one that surpasses even Shine in its intensity. The film starts with showing the girls’ childhood with their generous and supportive mother (), and then goes on to tell the same block of their adulthood twice, once from Hilary’s point of view and once from Jackie’s, then moves on to the later years when Jackie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The combination of Watson’s fiery intensity and Griffiths’ beautifully subdued manner is unbelievably perfect.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Emily Watson); Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Griffiths)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Drama (Emily Watson)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Emily Watson); Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Griffiths)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1998

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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