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 DVD Australian sleeve notes for this film state that this picture "...is also a very personal film, a ten year odyssey for director Scott Hicks, who from the moment he saw David Helfgott perform in 1986 was committed to bring to the screen this story 'of a boy who is never allowed to grow up, and who becomes a 40 year old child prodigy". See more »
The length of David Helfgott's cigarette when playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" at Moby's. See more »
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A little slight on the writing, but the acting and presentation is brilliant
When I originally saw this film in the mid-90's, I was absolutely devastated throughout the first forty-five minutes. So much so, I was pretty much uncontrollably weeping, much to the chagrin of the friend I went with. Time has softened the film a lot for me, but it still remains a powerful, tender and somewhat inspirational film about a piano prodigy who has led a pretty tragic life. Geoffrey Rush is unbelievable as the piano prodigy David Helfgott, and although the film is kind of sewn up a little quickly with the Vanessa Redgrave subplot (what about Helfgott made her so in love with him in a short period of time as to want to marry him?) it is a very well done film that I highly recommend to just about anyone, but especially musicians and music lovers.
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