Convinced of her own talent – and aided immeasurably by the financial means to impose her will on everyone from her devoted (in a fashion) second husband, St. Clair Bayfield (Grant) to her gamely nimble accompanist, Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) – Foster Jenkins’ recitals became the stuff of legend. Buoyed by the mythology that built up around her invitation-only performances, the good lady yielded to entreaties that she perform in public and in October 1944 gave a concert at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. Frears’ film never resorts to condescension, nor loses sight of the human frailties and foibles animating the screwball elements of his accomplished comedy drama.
“A pillowy paean to silliness and the perfect antidote for sobering times…Foster Jenkins wasn’t famous because her singing sounded like a cat fighting a duck in a wheelie bin, but because she committed to it with the panache of a peak-form Callas…[Streep] gives her most human performance since Nancy Meyers’ 2009 romantic comedy, It’s Complicated, full of warmth that gives way to heart-pinching pathos…[Hugh Grant] is on preposterously good form, gliding through every scene with a lightness and wit that’s…perfectly in keeping with the film…smack[s] of Preston Sturges at his loopiest” The Telegraph
Florence Foster Jenkins
19 Nov - 29 Nov
Acclaimed director Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) directs Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in an ebullient ‘musical’ comedy based on the improbable true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who zealously pursued her dream to be an opera singer despite an irrefutable lack of rhythm, pitch or tone.