Hilary and Jackie (1998)


“If you think being an ordinary person is any easier than being an extraordinary one, you’re wrong.” – Hilary

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two musician sisters deal with the way their lives move along as one become much more successful than the other.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about years ago yet never had any inclination to really see what it was all about.

I finally decided to take the plunge and check it out to see why there was so much praise for the work of both Rachel Griffiths and Emily Watson in the two title roles.

The story itself is presented in a very uneven fashion and drags along too often along the way.

The fact that both Watson and Griffiths received Oscar nominations for these performances shows once again that it’s possible to have a film with stellar performances that comes across as lackluster when it comes to the story that they are trying to tell since something seems like it keeps getting lost along the way and isn’t as poignant as one would expect or hope that it would be.

This film shows  parts of the story from the two varying perspectives of the two sisters and this is a wise choice because it allows us to get even more insight into why each character made certain choices along the way.

This story is presented as a true story and although I’m not really sure how much of it is based on truth, yet they still manage to present the complexities of a life of fame even in the classical music field

Bottom Line – Very uneven film that has great performances yet the story itself seems to drag along too much. Griffiths and Watson were both deserving of their Oscar nominations for these performances yet something is lost along the way. The idea to show parts of the story from the two very diverse perspectives of the sisters is a wise choice since it gives us more insight into why they chose to do certain things along the way.  Not really sure how much of this story is really true, but they still manage to show the complexities of a life of fame even for a classical musician.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Emily Watson actually learned to play the cello as a child so was a natural for the part of Jacqueline du Pré. She practiced so long and so intensively for the film that she would frequently make her fingers bleed. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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