In the mid-19th century, a mute woman is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
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 acclaimed German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl, who played Peter Helfgott, David Helfgott's father, was suggested by the film's Los Angeles casting director. Director Scott Hicks said: "I had seen Armin in Music Box (1989) and could see that he had immense power as an actor, but the attraction for me was that he doesn't exhibit that all the time. He lets it seethe under the surface. He has the ability to be utterly charming as a character but you know underneath there's a time-bomb waiting to explode." See more »
During the Rach 3 performance David's hands are dripping with sweat, dry, then dripping with sweat again. See more »
This movie is definitely in my top five favorite movies of all time. It is unbelievably brilliant. Geoffrey Rush, dare I say, is perhaps the greatest actor of modern times. His performance alone is worth watching, let alone the outstanding supporting cast! Definitely not in typical Hollywood fashion, the movie is a truly great indie film. A must see for music lovers and indie film lovers alike.
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