Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

True Story Examines the Lives of Somewhat Twisted Sisters

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

True Story Examines the Lives of Somewhat Twisted Sisters

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When it comes to movies based on true stories about tormented musical geniuses, Shine did it better. But the well-acted Hilary and Jackie works tolerably well, even if the story never really soars.

It's a bit formulaic and predictable, especially if some crucial plot points are given away. So that won't happen here.

Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) plays Jacqueline du Pre, a cello prodigy who wowed audiences through the late '60s and early '70s with her passionate style of playing and her long blond hair.

Rachel Griffiths (Muriel's Wedding) is her sister, Hilary, a talented flutist in her own right. The two were talented child musicians, but soon Jackie easily outdistanced Hilary; Jackie was jetting off around the world while Hilary stayed home and married and had kids.

Though Watson is appropriately brilliant and wretched, the portrayal of her musical genius is of secondary interest here. Hilary and Jackie, instead, works best as a picture of sisterly rivalry -- especially when seen from the viewpoint of the envious Hilary. …

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