A brilliant, heart-wrenching examination of the intense, contradictory relationship between sisters Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) and Jacqueline (Emily Watson) du Pré: Both were talented child musicians, but prodigy Jacqueline grew up to become a
world-renowned cellist, only to see her brilliant career cut cruelly short by multiple sclerosis. The film opens in England in the '50s, as the young siblings study with their brittle, quietly determined mother, who admonishes that they must "always be as good as each other," setting the stage for
a fierce, lifelong rivalry that rubs shoulders uneasily with a bond so deep it's nearly telepathic. Though flutist Hilary's talents...