This film, made by Stephanie Argerich, daughter of Martha Argerich is a fascinating work. It is an exploration of a complex mother-daughter relationship in the usually always difficult relationship between child and famous parent. By the end we feel we know more about Martha but also about her daughters and related family members, including Martha's ex-husbands. There is a generosity about how the various people are presented, warts and all, but without bitterness. Argerich did have a difficult task in managing the roles of (largely solo) parent with being an international soloist, especially with her first daughter Lyda, who, the film shows, seems to have been reconciled with the older Martha and her 'family" milieu. The film does not deal with how Martha constructs her interpretations of music nor about how she maintains her technical prowess. She comes across as a very intuitive person who realises that that is her strength and does not want to jeopardise that quality by analysis. Indeed, it is by her body language and facial expressions that we infer what she is like, rather than what words she utters. No matter what achievements these great artists have made in other respects they are just as fragile, and error prone as the rest of us.
Documentary / Biography
Documentary / Biography
The mother through the daughter's eyes - a family portrait blending intimate conversations, agreements and disagreements, and shred ties of sounds and blood. This intimate portrait of two musical giants by Martha Argerich's daughter Stéphanie has been filmed over two decades and around the world: Warsaw, where Martha Argerich won the Chopin competition first prize; Japan, which hosts a unique Argerich festival; London, where Stephen Kovacevich, Stéphanie's father, lives, works and enjoys intensively Indian food; Belgium, where Martha lives in a house filled with pianos and cats; Argentina, which she left at the age of twelve to study in Vienna, but still conceals valuable family treasures; Switzerland, where Stéphanie and her sister Lyda are currently living. Made up of documentary sequences focusing on the two characters of Martha and Stephen in their everyday lives, in rehearsal and in performance, the film will be largely given over to intimate, delicious anecdotes, and a few ...
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