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What you expect to be a film about classical music and hustle and bustle of the inner workings of a professional symphony turns into a study of power, connection, and the people behind the music.

As a big fan of Mahler, especially his 5th symphony thanks to “Somewhere in Time,” I was sold on this in the first 10 minutes. Surprisingly, this film only drags for about 20 minutes of its two and a half hour runtime. The rest has Aaron Sorkin-esque tension that keeps you waiting to see what’s around the next corner.

Is it for everyone? Probably not. Is it Oscar bait? Oh yeah. Was I impressed when the credits rolled? Definitely.

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