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Four Last Songs

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The efforts of an American ex-patriot living on a remote Mediterranean to establish himself as a serious musician are constantly thwarted by every inhabitant of his small village in director Francesca Joseph's ensemble comedy drama. Larry (Stanley Tucci) thought that by moving to the village that was once home to a celebrated European composer he would find inspiration, but instead he just spends his nights playing for peanuts in the local pubs. Eventually Larry becomes convinced that if he stages a gala tribute ...
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Overview

The efforts of an American ex-patriot living on a remote Mediterranean to establish himself as a serious musician are constantly thwarted by every inhabitant of his small village in director Francesca Joseph's ensemble comedy drama. Larry (Stanley Tucci) thought that by moving to the village that was once home to a celebrated European composer he would find inspiration, but instead he just spends his nights playing for peanuts in the local pubs. Eventually Larry becomes convinced that if he stages a gala tribute to the late composer the locals will finally take note of his talent. But organizing such a lavish event and convincing the late composer's widow (Marisa Paredes) to allow her esteemed late-husband's works to be played publicly by a famed pianist (Virgile Bramley) isn't going to be easy, especially when it begins to seem like everyone wants their say in the event. Now, with everyone from Larry's neurotic partner Miranda (Jessica Stevenson) to the late musician's lovely muse Helena (Emmanuelle Seigner), opportunistic Englishman Sebastian (Hugh Bonneville) and his capricious brother Dickie (Rhys Ifans), and even Larry's long lost daughter Frankie (Jena Malone) crawling out of the woodwork, the put upon pianist will have to balance out the chaos that swirls around him if he holds out any hope of delivering his true masterwork.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • UPC: 013137216299
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stanley Tucci Larry
Rhys Ifans Dickie
Hugh Bonneville Sebastian
Jena Malone Frankie
Jessica Stevenson Miranda
Emmanuelle Seigner Helena
Marisa Paredes Veronica
Karl Johnson
Virgile Bramly
Technical Credits
Francesca Joseph Director, Screenwriter
Ruth Caleb Producer
Mate Cantero Producer
Christopher Collins Producer
Paula Jalfon Executive Producer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Four Last Songs
1. A Proposal [5:13]
2. It Will Be Beautiful [5:18]
3. Romulus And Remus [9:45]
4. Happy Birthday Larry [6:19]
5. Heat-Seeking Missile [3:58]
6. World Famous Pianist [9:08]
7. No Trust No Music [5:26]
8. Casanova [5:33]
9. The Wife and the Muse [9:39]
10. Sebastian's Party [3:54]
11. Crash [1:54]
12. Treasures in the Tower [9:47]
13. Picking a Fight [4:10]
14. Four Last Songs [12:32]
15. The Music Will Be Heard [4:21]
16. End Credits [10:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Four Last Songs
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1
      Audio Options: English 2.0
   Chapters
   Previews
      "The Sisters" Trailer
      "Apartment Zero" Trailer
      "Four Last Songs" Trailer
      "Macbeth" Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Bittersweet, Gentle Comedy and Love Story

    FOUR LAST SONGS is one of those little films that quietly turns a little comedy about seemingly incongruous situations into a finely spun series of love stories: father and daughter, man and woman, disparate brothers, lonely widows, and a village that loves its heritage. Writer/Director Francesca Joseph understands her craft and blends a well-paced story with a fine cast. The result is a heartwarming evening of entertainment. On a small Mediterranean island "Mallorca/Balearic Islands" lives an odd group of expatriates. Larry "Stanley Tucci" is pianist from classical training who makes his living playing piano bar while he pines for the purity of classical music such as that of a deceased composer who lived on the island once wrote. His long term girlfriend Miranda "Jessica Stevenson" practices yoga and supports Larry's dreams. Sebastian "Hugh Bonneville" is a well to do, would be impresario who lives with his perpetually drunk and miscreant brother Dickie "Rhys Ifans". Larry develops a plan to have a concert of the deceased composer's music there on the island but has to contend with the composer's widow Veronica "Marisa Paredes" as well as the composer's beautiful 'muse' Helena "Emmanuelle Seigner": the two women are bitter enemies. Larry obtains Veronica's permission to stage the concert of her husband's music, has the composer's grand piano brought in by helicopter, and hires the infamous pianist Narcisco Ortega "Virgile Bramly" to perform. And while Sebastian vies for the rights to have the concert take place, the obstacles encountered are beyond his intrusion. All goes well until the surprise arrival of Larry's 'unknown daughter' from an old weekend affair arrives: Frankie "Jena Malone" has been tracking down her birth father for apparent and occult reasons. Narcisco arrives with entourage, seduces Frankie, and in an act of fatherly protection Larry injures the pianist's hands and the whole project falls apart. In a final ploy to make the concert work Helena gives Larry the composer's final songs - dedicated with love to his wife Veronica - and Larry agrees to perform the music in the small concert of his dreams, and the concert serves as a moment of healing between each of the paired and unpaired characters. Not only are the characters well played by this very fine cast, but also the scenery of the island is exotic and romantic as captured by cinematographer Javier Salmones. The original music score by Dan Jones includes a truly lovely 'last song' and is enhanced by the fact that excerpts from Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" as sung by Sylvia Sass are an integral part of the soundtrack. This is a tender little story with equal amounts of sensitive humor and warmth, a film that deserves a much wider audience. Grady Harp

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