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Water of Love
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Dire Straits
used by permission of 1978 Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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Caught this on cable the other night and was thoroughly mesmerized. An insightfully written and extremely well-realized piece about a young man's torturous journey to truth and inner peace, this film manages to avoid all the stereotypical, superficial claptrap inherent in this sort of story. At its core is a great performance by Canadian actor Devon Sawa, who brings complexity, turmoil and intelligence to the part of Simon. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of his work. Highly recommended.
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