Lament in an Unresolved Key

The film does not quite know what to do with Hilary Du Pre's gift of her husband's sexual services to her sister Jacqueline. Yet that's the big revelation in Hilary and her brother Piers' memoir of life with the dangerously gifted cellist, the scandalous bit that has stuck in everyone's craw.

So there the affair inevitably is, right at the center of Hilary and Jackie, its dramatic turning point, if this ill-considered film--which never finds a persuasive point of view on its subjects--can be said to have one. On the other hand, Hilary apparently wants us to understand that it was...

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