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Florence Foster Jenkins: Streep hits all the right notes

By Damon Smith

Amateur operatic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) is determined to further her musical ambitions with the help of her second husband and doting companion, St Clair (Hugh Grant).

The couple audition several accompanists and Cosme Moon (Simon Helberg) eventually lands the position. The grand dame pays Cosme well and he falls under his wealthy employer's spell, acknowledging that she is just following her dream despite her obvious lack of talent. Vocal coach Carlo Edwards (David Haig) and venerated conductor Arturo Toscanini (John Kavanagh) prepare Florence for a big concert at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Based on a real-life story of triumph against sniggering cynicism, Florence Foster Jenkins is a rollicking comedy drama anchored by luminous performances from the two leads that perfectly harmonise humour and pathos.

Three stars

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