Larry (Stanley Tucci) is a classical pianist looking for inspiration in a Mediterranean island that was home to a famous and now-dead composer. However, the local pub is his only platform.
To infuse some purpose to his life, he approaches the composer's widow (Marisa Paredes) for permission to use the composer's work in a concert by a celebrated pianist that he intends to fly down to the island. Larry chances upon a young woman who claims to be the dead composer's muse and is in possession of his last few, unknown compositions. To add to the drama, Larry's illegitimate daughter turns up. The undercurrents run strong - the composer's widow resents the muse, Larry's girlfriend suspects him of an affair with the muse and his daughter resents the completeness of his chosen life on the island without her.
It becomes increasingly clear that the concert is jinxed despite (or because of) the best intentions of the islanders including an opportunistic Englishman (Hugh Bonneville) and his eccentric brother (Rhys Ifans).
Ironically, as things fall apart around him, Larry comes into his own and despite the odds, finally stages the concert.
Four Last Songs is a comic drama, with an ensemble cast. Perhaps a little gauche in its execution, but also witty and poignant.
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