VIFF 2011 Reviews: Mrs. Carey’s Concert.


It’s Saturday night and I’m up to date.
Mrs. Carey’s Concert. Australia, 95 min.

Isn’t there a law that permits teachers to strangle adolescents? A must-see for high school teachers.

Karen Carey, a music teacher at an expensive girls’ school in Sidney, has a double problem. Besides preparing her classes for a grand performance in the Sidney Opera House, she has to battle adolescent angst. Emily, her star violinist, is willing to learn the Bruch concerto, but reserves her emotions for drug-ridden parties. The worst pain, however, comes from reluctant but intelligent choir member Iris, who abjures giggles and eye-rolling in favour of calmly stated logical arguments against her forced participation. It all works towards a wildly successful concert, featuring Handel, Bruch, Ravel and a spectacular performance of the grand march from Aida.

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About aharmlessdrudge

Way back during the late Bronze age -- actually it was the 1950s -- all of us in high school had to take a vocational test to determine our interests and, supposedly, our future careers. I cannot remember the outcome, but I do recall one question that gave me pause. "If you were to win a Nobel prize, would it be in literature or in physics?" I hesitated over the question: although I enjoyed mathematics and science more than English class, I did have a couple of unfinished (and very bad) novels hidden away at home. I cannot remember what I chose back then, but the dilemma followed me to university, where I switched from mathematics to English and -- after a five-year stint in journalism -- back to mathematics. I recently retired as a professor of statistics. Retirement. What a good chance to revive my literary ambitions. I have finished a novel -- more about that in good time -- and a rubble of drafts of articles about mathematics and statistics is taking up space on my hard disk.
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