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September 14, 2006

Shine - 5

A biopic of pianist David Helfgott. It is a somewhat scattered story that follows his life from a small child who is taught by his father to play the piano, to his father's obsession with music leading to abuse. The later repercussions of which lead Helfgott to schizophrenia. He eventually gets married and he is able to get back into playing the piano. While Geoffrey Rush won the Oscar for best actor he is not a prominent part of this film since a good portion of the film concentrates on his earlier years which is played by Noah Taylor. I tend to like films that use the piano or are about pianists (although I was offended that the score used an operatic sound rather than piano music), but this one lacks the coherence of a good film.

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