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
Convinced he had a subject for a film that could move people as much as David Helfgott's own performances moved him, director Scott Hicks developed the film's story and struggled to pull the project forward, even as he took time off to write and direct another feature film, and to travel to a host of remote locations, from China to Africa, to film a series of award-winning documentaries. See more »
The mezzuzah, a Jewish religious scroll attached to a home's door posts, on Ben Rosen's home is angled the wrong way; it should be angled toward the entrance of the home. See more »
excellent film, good in all departments, seriously moving
This is a good film in every sense but will mean most to fathers with strong views :).
The story of a brilliant young pianist whose relationship with his father drives him to some sort of mental illness. Watchable, absorbing, brilliantly edited, deeply seriously moving, one of the rare films that pays attention to incidental sound. Wonderful direction and acting. This is a seriously good film.
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