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Rated PG-13 · 1h 45m
A biographical look at pianist David Helfgott who was driven to a mental breakdown by his teachers and abusive father. Years later he returns to broader society, but can he find success and inspiration through the piano once again?
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A film of elegant small moments and complex, bittersweet motivations.
Thanks to fine acting and its vividly unconventional protagonist, it pumps fresh blood into a conventional formula.
Washington Post by
The movie does what any great musician should: It lifts an idea to the heights of ecstasy; it sells its song.
Mr. Showbiz by
F. X. Feeney
It's a film which aims to persuade us of its truth without props or signposts--and it does so with unforgettable beauty.
TV Guide Magazine by
Feel-good tone notwithstanding (and creepy to boot), there are nagging riddles about the Helfgott story that the film has neither the nerve nor the sense to tackle.
New York Daily News by
A sublimely uplifting movie.
The A.V. Club by
Memorable, deeply affecting movie.
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