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Australia
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1996

Rated PG-13 · 1h 45m

Director Scott Hicks
Starring Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine

Genre Drama

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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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90

Film.com by

A film of elegant small moments and complex, bittersweet motivations.
80

Newsweek by David Ansen

Thanks to fine acting and its vividly unconventional protagonist, it pumps fresh blood into a conventional formula.
90

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.
70

TV Guide Magazine by Frank Lovece

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.

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