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Short synopsis

Former Bolshoi Orchestra conductor Andrei rounds up his old musician buddies, a motley, crazy bunch. They™re headed for Paris as the Bolshoi, to defy fate and take their revenge!

Long synopsis

Andrei Filipov was a prodigy – the celebrated conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra, the greatest orchestra in Russia. Today, aged 50, he still works at the Bolshoi, but as a cleaner.

During the communist era, he was fired at the height of his fame for refusing to get rid of all his Jewish players, – ˜Zionists and enemies of the People™ – including his best friend Sacha Grossman. Andre¯ sank into booze and depression.

The Director of the Bolshoi, an old apparatchik, has been promising forever to return Andrei’sorchestra to him “soon, but he’smocking him, humiliating him sadistically. For him, Andrei’sa has-been, and he’sdoing him a big favour by keeping him on as a cleaner.

Then Andrei finds a fax. An invitation for the orchestra to play at Pleyel, in Paris, in two weeks™ time, as a last minute replacement for the indisposed San Francisco Philharmonic. Andrei conceives of a crazy notion: he™ll round up his old musician buddies, a motley bunch now scraping a living in Moscow as cab drivers, removal men, flea market traders, suppliers of porno film sound effects¦ They™ll go to Paris as the Bolshoi. They™ll defy destiny and take their revenge! Will they make it?