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The prospect of a film about Martha Argerich will have pianoraks salivating copiously like a certain proverbial mutt. But those intent on beating a path to their nearest box office for a banquet of musical titbits will find little sustenance here. In this respect, there is more to be gleaned from Georges Gachot’s Evening Talks, or even Argerich’s brief appearance in João Moreira Salle’s biodoc of Nelson Freire. Instead, this is a film about the enigma that fiercely private Argerich presents to those around her and the (at times indefinable) bonds between mother and daughter – director and co-subject Stéphanie Argerich.

A blend of unflinching cinéma verité and participatory documentary,

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