As a child piano prodigy, David Helfgott's musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter. When Helfgott travels to London on a musical scholarship, his career as a pianist blossoms. However, the pressures of his newfound fame, coupled with the echoes of his tumultuous childhood, conspire to bring Helfgott's latent schizophrenia boiling to the surface, and he spends years in and out of various mental institutions. Written by
The DVD Australian sleeve notes for this film state that this picture "...is also a very personal film, a ten year odyssey for director Scott Hicks, who from the moment he saw David Helfgott perform in 1986 was committed to bring to the screen this story 'of a boy who is never allowed to grow up, and who becomes a 40 year old child prodigy". See more »
The length of David Helfgott's cigarette when playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" at Moby's. See more »
excellent film, good in all departments, seriously moving
This is a good film in every sense but will mean most to fathers with strong views :).
The story of a brilliant young pianist whose relationship with his father drives him to some sort of mental illness. Watchable, absorbing, brilliantly edited, deeply seriously moving, one of the rare films that pays attention to incidental sound. Wonderful direction and acting. This is a seriously good film.
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