Shine (1996)

Author : Scott Hicks

Available : Rented
Age Group :Adults
Amazon.com essential video This tearjerker by Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks is a surprising story about real-life classical pianist David Helfgott, an Australian who rose to international prominence at a very young age in the 1950s and ´60s, and suffered a psychological collapse after enduring years of abuse from his father (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Hicks has three very fine actors portraying Helfgott at different stages of his life, including the adorably wry and goofy Noah Taylor (Flirting), who takes up the character´s teen years, and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, giving a great performance playing the musician as a schizophrenic adult. Despite the Helfgotts´ compromised psychological health, Shine is hardly a depressing experience. If anything, the story is really about how long one person´s life can take to make glorious sense of itself. Sir John Gielgud, in golden form, plays Helfgott´s teacher. The DVD release presents the film in its widescreen format, and also includes a Q&A with director Hicks and Rush´s Golden Globes acceptance speech. --Tom Keogh

Amazon.com essential video This tearjerker by Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks is a surprising story about real-life classical pianist David Helfgott, an Australian who rose to international prominence at a very young age in the 1950s and ´60s, and suffered a psychological collapse after enduring years of abuse from his father (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Hicks has three very fine actors portraying Helfgott at different stages of his life, including the adorably wry and goofy Noah Taylor (Flirting), who takes up the character´s teen years, and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, giving a great performance playing the musician as a schizophrenic adult. Despite the Helfgotts´ compromised psychological health, Shine is hardly a depressing experience. If anything, the story is really about how long one person´s life can take to make glorious sense of itself. Sir John Gielgud, in golden form, plays Helfgott´s teacher. The DVD release presents the film in its widescreen format, and also includes a Q&A with director Hicks and Rush´s Golden Globes acceptance speech. --Tom Keogh

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