The story opens in a British retirement home for opera singers and musicians. Here we meet the genial, still active residents who are happily rehearsing for an upcoming gala. A new guest is moving in today, and there are mixed feelings when it turns out to be a famous diva (and unfaithful ex of one of the residents).
This is a lovely, sweet - but not too sweet - comedy staring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Pauline Collins and directed by Dustin Hoffman. The cast is uniformly excellent (although Courtenay looks too young to be paired with Smith). The setting, a beautiful manor house in the countryside, is exquisite. The story deals with life and death, frailty, love, and hate and does so gently and honestly.
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