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Jackie's childhood was life was filled with the joy of love shared between sisters. As an adult she left this paradise of unmerited love. She later went on a quest for paradise lost
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HILARY AND JACKIE
(1998)
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By David Bruce
Web Master HollywoodJesus.com
David Bruce
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The film made its world premiere in competition at the 1998 Venice Film Festival and made its North American debut at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.

Jacqueline du Pre: Emily Watson
Hilary du Pre: Rachel Griffiths
Kiffer Finzi: David Morrissey
Daniel Barenboim: James Frain
Derek du Pre: Charles Dance

Directed by Anand Tucker.
Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce,
based on the book A Genius in the Family, by Hilary and Piers du Pre.
Running time: 121 minutes.
Rated R (for language and sexuality).
HILARY AND JACKIE is the touching and incredible true story of Jacqueline and Hilary du Pre, the gifted musical sisters who grew up in England in the 1950's. Written and produced as a tribute to Jackie, the story traces her rapid rise to international fame and the devastating consequences it had on her and those she loved.
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     Hilary to Jackie: "If you think that being an ordinary person is any easier than being an extraordinary one, you're wrong. If you didn't have that cello to prop you up, you'd be nothing."
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     Jackie and her husband, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, traveled and performed around the world. Although the couple was treated as musical royalty, the constant touring became a tremendous strain on Jackie who longed for the simpler life that her sister built. She leaves her husband and arrives at Hilary's home for an unannounced visit. Jackie, lonely and desperate, leans on her sister expecting and demanding the unthinkable. Jackie wants Hilary to share her husband with her. Hilary eventually does grant Jackie her request!

     The film presents the story largely from Hilary's point of view, then rewinds and shows the same story again from Jackie's point of view. We come to know both of these women through this clever and well-crafted cinematic device.

     The extraordinary relationship between these sisters continues right up the end.  "I have a fatal illness," Jackie says, "but the good news is, I have a very mild case." Hilary and Jackie are together right up until the very end.


Jackie's childhood life was filled with the joy of love shared between sisters. As an adult she left this paradise of unmerited love. She later went on a quest for paradise lost; for unmerited love, that was blind to her talent and fame. Love is the most compelling force in the universe.
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