This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this?Written by
The fictionalised period version of the Synge St CBS (Christian Brothers School) was shot in the real, and still existing, Synge Street CBS school buildings, on Synge Street, in Dublin 6, in Ireland, hence the slightly odd disclaimer re the school itself, in the end credits. See more »
As Conor leaves his house, the day after learning that Raphina has left for London, he's wearing the light brown shoes that he painted black to comply with Brother Baxter's order. In the next scene, they're black again. See more »
Think big, Conor. This is just a means to an end. And she looks amazing. She's got to be in all the videos.
Oh, yeah. She's world class. Without her, you're just a bunch of gay-looking kids down an alleyway.
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One of the disclaimers in the closing credits: "This is a period film. Synge Street School, like much of Ireland, was a very different place in the 1980's [sic] than it is now. Today Synge Street School is a progressive, multi-cultural school with an excellent academic record and a committed staff of teachers." See more »
Really captures its time, has a wonderful soundtrack, and a great concept. Does a really good job communicating the tone and the feeling of the plot, and none of the actors felt like actors. There were very many things done very well in this movie and very few things that noticeably would need improvement. It'd be an 8 in my books if not for just how well it captured 1980s Dublin. It definitely added to the film experience. If you're looking for a good film with good humour that tells a good story, this would be great option.
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