Four Last Songs (film)

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Four Last Songs
Directed by Francesca Joseph
Produced by Ruth Caleb
Written by Francesca Joseph
Starring Stanley Tucci
Rhys Ifans
Hugh Bonneville
Music by Dan Jones
Cinematography Javier Salmones
Release date
  • 11 January 2007 (2007-01-11) (New Zealand)
Running time
110 minutess
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Four Last Songs is a 2007 British comedy-drama film starring Stanley Tucci, Rhys Ifans and Hugh Bonneville, and written and directed by Francesca Joseph.

The film's title is taken from Four Last Songs, 1948 composition of Richard Strauss, surrounding acceptance of death.


Larry (Stanley Tucci), an expat piano player, settled in a remote island village seven years ago. Now he runs a small boutique hotel with his girlfriend, Miranda (Jessica Hynes). Every evening he plays the piano at a local restaurant to inattentive customers; all this has left him highly unsatisfied, and he has always wanted to do something big in life. So one day he decides to host a gala concert dedicated to a native son and noted composer, Valentin Lucinsky, whose widow Veronica (Marisa Paredes) still resides in a grand villa in the village.

At first Larry manages to convince Veronica to allow the concert to be held at the local amphitheatre, where famous pianist Narcisco Ortega (Virgile Bramly) would play her late great spouse's music, 'chosen by her'. Though soon things start to go awry, as his long lost daughter Frankie (Jena Malone) arrives out of the blue, looking for him, another social-climber, Sebastian Burrows (Hugh Bonneville), latches on to the project convincing Veronica to give it to him and Larry's girlfriend grows suspicious of his relationship with the composer's former muse, Helena (Emmanuelle Seigner), who leads a secluded life on the island. As the movie progresses several sub plots reveal a variety of estrangements between various key characters, and gradually they are healed amidst the rising melodrama surrounding the concert.[1][2][3][4]



The film was shot entirely on location on the island of Mallorca (Majorca) in the Mediterranean Sea - part of the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain. The Spanish version of the film is titled 'Mallorca's Song'.[5]


  • Casting Director - Karen Lindsay Stewart
  • Production Designer - John Stevenson
  • Costume designer - Julian Day
  • Production Company - BBC Films
  • Domestic Video Distributor - Anchor Bay Entertainment[1]


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