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Originally the main character, Sam, was going to be an electrician. That is why the title was Sparkle. (In the UK, a sparky is a nickname for someone in that profession.) Over time, the plot developed and Sam's character was just looking for any kind work when he went to London. The producers, however, still wanted to call the film Sparkle so had to come up with another reason for that. They therefore gave Sam the surname Sparks, and developed his mum's character as a singer. See more »
[crying while speaking of her ex-boyfriend]
It was really lovely, and I was in love with him, and now it's all messy. He did something really bad. I mean, he... he said he's sorry, but... how do I trust him now?
I think you do it a little at a time.
But it's not that easy.
No. No, it's very difficult, but... the other way's even harder.
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Just seen this film on Dublin Film Festival and it's beautiful. OK, I would not call it a masterpiece, there aren't really any deep feelings or thoughts in there, it is just a comedy. But it is so beautifully shot.
I happened to see quite a few films recently that aim high but fall flat with their shallow performance, jerky camera movements, etc. This film is a nice break from that. It flows from scene to scene smoothly and naturally. It's like a good music by wind instruments. If everything plays in unison, you can almost physically feel the beauty of the music flow. Same here. Everything fits together so perfectly: camera work, montage, acting.
Acting is excellent. Entirely believable and funny. Especially from Amanda Ryan and Shaun Evans. (Uncle Tony was very funny as well.)
So, don't expect any incredible depth, but if you want to have a bit of fun (possibly on a date, as there is lots of romance in there as well) then this film is well recommended.
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