This is based on a true story, starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg, and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena). One of the highlights for me (Rob) was the funny performance and facial expressions of the pianist, who is played by :"Howard" (Simon Helberg) on the Big Bang Theory. He was hysterical.
WHAT IS THE MOVIE ABOUT? - It tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer even though she couldn't hold a tune! The promoters said "the film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere."
WHO WAS FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS? - Here's an article from the Los Angeles times that explains who she is (see below the video)
THE REAL STORY ON FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Los Angeles Times
M. Susie Schmank
Born into a wealthy Wilkes-Barre, Penn., family, Nascina Florence Foster took piano lessons up until the age of 15, when she married 30-year-old Dr. Frank Jenkins, who most likely gave her syphilis, a then-incurable disease. When the pair separated after three years, she kept the doctor’s name and returned to music, attending the Philadelphia Academy of Music.
|Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944), who will be played by Meryl Streep in the biopic "Florence Foster Jenkins," was a singing socialite who was unaware of her poor singing ability. (Getty)|
Jenkins still dreamed of being an opera singer and she started giving performances for some of the groups she supported such as the Verdi Club. Her singing, which was by all accounts awful, was greeted with enthusiasm by club members no doubt grateful for her sizable contributions. She continued to do live performances for decades.
Though she received generally terrible reviews from critics after releasing her first record, Jenkins remained convinced of her vocal talent. She considered the critics ignorant and held private performances to which they were not invited.
When performing, Jenkins would dress in extravagant homemade costumes and throw flowers into the audience. The highlight of her career came on Oct. 24, 1944, when she performed at Carnegie Hall where tickets were for once available to the general public (and music critics).
Two days after the performance, the blissfully oblivious singer suffered a heart attack, and one month later she died in her Manhattan home at the age of 76. During her last days, Jenkins reportedly said, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”