Getting the musicians back together is no easy task and neither is finding a manager and backer. At times one feels the whole venture is going to fall apart, particularly when we find out that none of the musicians has a valid passport. However, Gypsy friends are at hand!
We arrive in Paris about halfway through the film, where a prominent violin soloist, Anne-Marie Jacquet, has been requested to play Tchaikovsky's violin concerto with the orchestra. The reason for this choice becomes apparent when we learn that there is history between soloist's manager, Guylène, and Filipov, and that Anne-Marie has a history of which she has never been made aware. A dinner with Filipov unnerves her as he struggles with his past and the desire to tell her a secret that would change her life.
The concert is a sell-out, but starts badly, with the largely unrehearsed players not harmonising, but once Anne-Marie comes in with the solo violin, the orchestra is transformed.
Mélanie Laurent, who plays Anne-Marie, is very impressive as the solo violinist. You will believe that she is playing the piece, which is regarded as one of the most difficult in a solo violinist's repertoire. She was in fact coached for two months by the actual soloist, Sarah Nemtanu. It's a tremendous piece of music, enhanced by the emotion that Anne-Marie shows while playing it.