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Felicity Jones strikes exactly the right note as a young musician enchanting Guy Pearce in Drake Doremus's captivating film

This is the third movie from Drake Doremus to play at Sundance. Doremus won the festival's dramatic grand jury prize here two years ago with Like Crazy and reunites with his leading lady Felicity Jones, who took the special jury prize for acting in the same film.

Jones is a beguiling presence and this time round her porcelain allure enchants an older man played by Guy Pearce – Keith, a gifted high-school music teacher whose creative career was cut short 17 years earlier when he and his wife had their daughter. The family functions well enough until Jones's exchange student, Sophie, comes from Berkshire to spend a semester in their sprawling east coast home. As the mother, Amy Ryan is warm and welcoming, while her daughter Lauren, played by newcomer Mackenzie Davis, »

- Jeremy Kay

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