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Shine (1996)

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Art House & International movie directed by Scott Hicks

This tearjerker by Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks is a surprising story about real-life classical pianist David Helfgott, an Australian who rose to international prominence at a very young age in the 1950s and '60s, and suffered a psychological collapse … see full wiki

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Director: Scott Hicks
1 review about Shine (1996)

Some Good Drama Some Overdone

  • Dec 28, 2004
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Shine is a movie that definitely took a great deal of thought and planning. The premise is the realtionship of a classical piano playing son prodigy with his passionate yet abusive father. When the father refuses to allow his son to pursue his talents in London, our hero runs away to rebel against his father.

Later on he suffers a nervous breakdown and stammers terribly throughout the course of his adult life. He finds a love interest and is able to find eventual success in his musical pursuits.

There is some excellent cinematography particularly of the sheer expression of our hero's piano playing ability. Somehow the repetitive scenes of our hero standing in the rain or throwing his eye glasses off gets a bit wearisome. Nonetheless, our hero perserveres in the end so the sense of triumph does extend this rating to about 3 1/2 stars.

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