A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

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This is a story of a music prodigy. Lyla is a renowned and beautiful cellist and Louis is a guitar player and vocalist at a club. Lyla and Louis fall in love once they meet each other following the music. Since they have different lives, they have to separate without seeing each other again. However, Lyla has had their baby - Evan, a prodigy born to music. Lyla has an accident and bears the baby but Lyla's father gives the baby to an orphanage without telling her, for fear of affecting her career. After that, both Louis and Lyla give up their music careers. Eleven years later, poor little Evan believes that his parents are waiting for him and goes to New York to find them. In New York, his musical gift leads him to success but also gives him some trouble. A monger uses Evan to make money and prevents him from achieving success. He escapes and runs into a church and people there are surprised by his gift and send him to the best music school, Juilliard. There he receives an education ... Written by Dennis

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An incredible journey moving at the speed of sound

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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21 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El triunfo de un sueño  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,421,369 (USA) (22 November 2007)

Gross:

$31,655,091 (USA) (22 February 2008)
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Trivia

Freddie Highmore actually learned how to conduct for the movie. Susan Deaver, an adjunct Professor at C.W. Post, taught him. See more »

Goofs

A policeman chases August out of the former Fillmore East and up the stairs of an elevated subway station, but there are no elevated subway stations in lower Manhattan, where the Fillmore East was located. See more »

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Richard Jeffries: You know, a lot of kids don't want to leave their first home, because they're afraid that if they do, their parents won't be able to find them. I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen to you.
[cut to August, who has tears running down his face]
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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God Bless the Child
Written by Arthur Herzog Jr. and Billie Holiday
Produced by Bobby Colomby
Performed by Chris Botti and Paula Cole
Chris Botti and Paula Cole appear courtesy of Columbia Records
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a triumph of love, spirit, and imagination thru the art of music!
18 November 2007 | by (bellevue, washington) – See all my reviews

I saw a sneak preview tonight, not knowing anything about this film. If you still have an inner child, and an imagination that has not been beaten out of you by the "practical and mature" world, then you will love this movie. I wish I had taken my daughter. The only people that I have seen complain about this movie are people that probably consider playing music "hard work and self-sacrifice". If you don't play the cello, you are not going to notice how bad she fakes it. During certain scenes, I found myself sitting way back in my recliner, with my eyes closed, soaking up the sounds that inspired this young man. Not since "Strictly Ballroom" have I been so moved by a film.


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