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Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A must-see documentary on adults reunited with their childhood dreams. See more (12 total) »


Henri Robert Delbeau ... Himself
Mark Fuller ... Himself
Clark Griffith ... Himself
Ken Iisaka ... Himself
Slava Levin ... Himself
Drew Mays ... Himself
Suzanna Perez ... Herself
Richard Rodzinski ... Himself
Esfir Ross ... Herself
Kathy Trafton ... Herself

Directed by
Alex Rotaru 
Produced by
Matt Cooper .... executive producer
Lori Miller .... producer
Ronnie Planalp .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Brian O'Connell 
Adrian Popescu 
Film Editing by
Harrison Engle 
Drew Kilcoin 
Production Management
Marie-Hélène Riverain .... production manager
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivia Giachino .... assistant camera
Brandon Knieper .... additional cinematography
Philip Pelphrey .... camera operator

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A must-see documentary on adults reunited with their childhood dreams., 19 February 2009
Author: mrneagu-1 from United States

"They came to play" is as uplifting as it is inspiring, as funny as it is touching. The movie establishes a personal and intimate relationship with its characters – unique personalities indeed. Its flawless change of perspective from the main characters, everyday individuals with real-life problems, and a passion to play the piano at the highest level, to their families, and the awed audience of the Van Cliburn Classical piano competition for Amateurs creates a perfect pace for this documentary and involves the movie audience in this incredible experience of fulfilling dreams in spite of life's many obstacles. For music lovers, the performances and musical choices are an exquisite treat. Without giving away the stories that this movie tells so piercingly, the choice of characters and participants is beautifully varied, and any viewers may find a little bit of themselves in these incredible individuals. Doubtlessly, this movie is an inspiration for those afflicted with a life-long love for music, regardless of where life has taken them. Beyond filling musical hearts with joy, however, this labor of love is so caringly crafted that it also warms the souls of non-musicians. The message is clear, whatever your background, whatever your interest, live your dream. Enrich your life at home, in your family, at work, and the lives of those around you, by tenaciously pursuing that passion that is uniquely you; like a true lover would.

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