Film of the Day: Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins | Nick Wall - © 2016 Paramount Pictures

Meryl Streep stars as the wealthy, yet tone deaf, New York socialite who fancied herself an opera singer. It has been said that Foster Jenkins’ defining talent was that she had none and Streep is pitch-perfect playing the entertainer who is hopelessly oblivious to her failings.

FFJ is a beautifully-made period comedy set in the 1940s that allows Streep to hit all the right notes not necessarily in the right order and Hugh Grant to excel as her husband, St Clair Bayfield, a Shakespearean actor who knows how bad her singing is but champions her to the rafters regardless and supplies a regular stream of sycophants to boost her ego more.

With America at war, Florence proposes to take her show from her own theatre to the grandeur of Carnegie Hall, and Bayfield and the excellent Simon Helberg as her pianist are not about to let her lack of musical talent ruin her dream.

Florence Foster Jenkins | From Friday 8pm on Sky Cinema Premiere

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Pictures: Nick Wall – © 2016 Paramount Pictures