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
Third film which has been filmed in South Australia to be nominated for any Academy Awards with seven Oscar nominations and one win in 1997. The first was 'The Sundowners' (1960) which garnered five Oscar nominations in 1961: Best Picture, Best Director - Fred Zinnemann, Best Actress - Deborah Kerr, Best Supporting Actress - Glynis Johns, and Best Adapted Screenplay, but achieved no wins. The second was for 'Breaker Morant' (1980) which was Oscar nominated in 1981 for Best Writing: Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens, and Bruce Beresford, but lost out to Alvin Sargent for 'Ordinary People' (1980). As such, 'Shine' (1996) was the first South Australian film to win an Academy Award. See more »
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This was a very interesting movie and pleasant surprise, although sometimes that theme of the obsessive parent driving a kid crazy gets overworked. Nonetheless, it's a very well-made movie.
Geoffrey Rush is fascinating in the lead role as "David Helfgott." However, I would give equal kudos to Noah Taylor, who played Helfgott as a teenager, and to Armin Mueller-Stahl, who was Helfgott's father. They were just as impressive as Rush.
This is a supposedly true-life story of child prodigy piano player from Australia. As you can imagine, the music in here is excellent. Even better is the cinematography. Wow, this looks and sounds fantastic on DVD.
Although not always pleasant to watch, the story is riveting; hard to put down once you've started watching. The ending turned me off a bit with the overt plug for astrology, but is a happy one for all parties and at least leaves the viewer feeling satisfied.
In all, a very intense, beautifully-photographed biography.
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