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Florence Foster Jenkins (UK/Fr, 2016), 110 mins, cert. PG
Thursday 23 June 2016
Screenings at 11.00am and 7.30pm
Croydon Comedy Festival screenings
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Florence Foster Jenkins has many strings to her bow: socialite; opera buff; and great wealth to name a few.
The ability to sing, however, is not one of them. Despite this, she has developed a cult following through her exclusive private recitals.
Jenkins finally dares to publicise her supposed talents through a self-promoted show, with the help of her dubious husband, St. Clair Bayfield (Grant) and accompanist Cosmé McMoon (Helberg). The acknowledgement she receives however is not of the nature she expects.
Streep gives a vibrant, and typically masterful performance as the self-deceiving Jenkins in this tragicomedy, with Grant also on top form.
Review (Guardian), including a link to Review + ‘alternative’ trailer
and (via YouTube) a fuller-length Trailer: here
David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 23rd June 2016
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