Hilary And Jackie


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 .  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe Awards 1998Online Film Critics Awards 1998.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998Venice Film Festival 1998.  

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.

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