Flash Movie Review: Impromptu

I agree that opposites attract is valid most of the time; however, sometimes it can be a real challenge. My friends were quite puzzled when I was in a relationship with a mathematician. In fact, they had a PhD degree in mathematics. Looking back I have to laugh at some of the conversations we used to have when we were in disagreement. Where they needed fact based information to make a decision, they were always perplexed when I would say things like “it feels right” or “that is how I feel.” How does one explain a feeling to a scientific mind? Suffice to say our different perspectives was the cleaver that finally severed our relationship. So here in this movie there were two individuals who were curious about each other; both passionate about their respective creative talents. This comedy was extra fun for me because it combined two of my favorite things besides movies: music and books. Judy Davis (Barton Fink, To Rome with Love) played writer Amandine Lucile Aurore Dupin aka George Sand. She was known to wear men’s clothing ย and smoke cigars, besides her romantic affairs with some prominent men; all which were quite outrageous back in the early 1800s. Upon hearing rapturous music being played on the piano by composer Frederic Chopin, played by Hugh Grant (About a Boy, Music and Lyrics), George was determined to meet this man whose music was speaking directly to her heart. Unfortunately former lovers and friends had different ideas for them. This biographical film was enjoyable on multiple levels. Seeing a young Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, Sense and Sensibility) play Duchess D’Antan, Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride, Criminal Minds-TV) as Alfred De Musset and Bernadette Peters (The Jerk, Annie) as Maria D’Agoult was amusing to me. The acting from the whole cast was solidly cohesive. I have to tell you I liked the retro look to the whole film. What I mean is the use of actual film to shoot the picture and on location in France without any type of special effects. Of course it was understandable since the movie was made over 20 years ago. Being familiar with the works of Chopin and Franz Liszt, played by Julian Sands (The Killing Sands, Leaving Las Vegas), I found the connection between my own knowledge of these historic figures and the characterizations of them in this musical film a crazy juxtaposition. This comedy would not only work for those who have a strong creative side but to those with a dominant scientific mind.

3 stars — DVD

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 29, 2014, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    Great! Thank you!

  2. “How does one explain a feeling to a scientific mind?” Nude! .They’ll get it every time! Great review and I really enjoyed your beginning set up. Thanks again, claudy

  3. One of my all time favorite movies and George sand is half the reason for my writing name. Four stars I say lol no. 4.5. Lol

    • I am assuming 4.5 out of 5 as your rating system. It is wonderful to meet someone who loves this movie; I was wondering how many people I would surprise with this hidden treasure. Thank you for coming by to leave your comments.

      • I actually have it in my very wee small tiny movie collection ๐Ÿ˜‰ Probably only about 20, half because I like them so well, the other half because they were priced so well. Money means nothing when it comes to movies. Sometimes the best treasures are overlooked. Glad you dusted this one off ๐Ÿ™‚

      • What fun you actually have this film in your collection. I have been surprised to hear people say they have seen it or actually own it. Thanks for your comments and visiting my site.

      • Always a pleasure, see you again sometime soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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