Celebrated German actress Nina Hoss gives and impeccable performance as a perfectionist violin teacher, Anne, who despite opposition from other teachers in her music school decides to drive through the admission of a student in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Increasingly committed to preparing him for an upcoming audition, as well as to her own other extra-curricular interests, she neglects both her son and husband. As the day of the audition approaches the pressure only mounts.
Both serene and subversive, immaculately composed and backed by a stirring Bach soundtrack, The Audition is a gripping distinctive spin on the demanding teacher / gifted student narrative that forces you to keep asking questions until its final bracing moments.
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“Weisse’s gripping, cool-blooded drama upends all manner of inspirational-educator clichés.“
“Weisse’s own form is unobtrusively immaculate, with Judith Kaufmann’s sober, autumn-toned lensing perfectly matching the stately tone of the Bach-heavy soundtrack: “The Audition” is often lovely to listen to, though you can never forget the human strain behind those strings.”