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An atmospheric quest film, Love Shines follows Canadian songwriter Ron Sexsmith as he embarks on a last ditch effort to achieve a 'hit'. The curtain pulls back for a rare glimpse inside the... See full summary »

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Douglas Arrowsmith
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Credited cast:
Rob Bowman Rob Bowman ... Himself
Elvis Costello ... Himself
Steve Earle ... Himself
Leslie Feist ... Herself
Tony Ferguson Tony Ferguson ... Himself
Dorothy Grodesky Dorothy Grodesky ... Herself
Colleen Hixenbaugh Colleen Hixenbaugh ... Herself
Daniel Lanois ... Himself
Bob Rock ... Himself
Christopher Sexsmith Christopher Sexsmith ... Himself
Ron Sexsmith ... Himself
Kiefer Sutherland ... Himself
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An atmospheric quest film, Love Shines follows Canadian songwriter Ron Sexsmith as he embarks on a last ditch effort to achieve a 'hit'. The curtain pulls back for a rare glimpse inside the process as Sexsmith works with legendary producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue). But will this be enough? Sexsmith must emerge with a song that achieves commercial radio play, but the journey with Rock also turns introspective. Through a series of flashbacks, Sexsmith confronts the meaning of success, weighing the lure of stardom against the humble beginnings that sparked the 'birth' of his songs. Punctuated by Super 8 footage chronicling the early years, and a stellar cast, Love Shines is a journey to the heart and soul of what songwriting is truly about. Written by Anonymous

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Canada

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English

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8 October 2010 (Canada) See more »

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Paperny Films See more »
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Written by Ron Sexsmith (SOCAN)
Courtesy of Ronboy Rhymes Inc. (SOCAN) and Sony ATV Music Publishing (SOCAN)
Performed by Ron Sexsmith
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Pleasurable and Poignant
6 March 2011 | by martin-994-769502See all my reviews

A combination of excellent photography, wonderful music and an unlikely star in the form of Ron Sexsmith makes Love Shines compelling cinema.

Telling the story of Ron Sexsmith's battle for mainstream success despite a considerable reputation as a singer/songwriter in his native Canada (winner of the 2005 Juno songwriting award), it's a remarkably frank insight into one man's struggle with identity and self-respect. Sexsmith is painfully honest about his self-doubts and it's only the testimony of the likes of Elvis Costello and Leslie Feist that makes clear just how highly rated he is by his fellow artists.

An uplifting and inspiring movie that never drags.


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