Meryl plays the role of Roberta, a woman whose life is turned upside down in the opening sequences of the film when her husband and father of her two boys, leaves her for a family friend.
The film explores the journey of a woman trying to reconstruct her life, ably spurred on by her mother (played by Cloris Leechman). It's a bumby journey that through a chance encounter with an old school friend in store where she's working, leads her back to a childhood dream of teaching music - specifically the violin.
She starts a violin program in a New York school which quickly spreads throughout neighbouring schools - for ten years she helped young boys and girls from deprived neighbourhoods realise that they could actually do something with their lives - then the budget was cut!
Roberta takes up the fight to keep the program going and in doing so finally makes the break with her past.
Meryl is simply brilliant in portrayal of Roberta and brings great depth to the character, the simply stellar cast is well put together; the script is well written and incorporates fantastic joyful, even funny moments alongside the tormoil of an innocent party in a marriage breakdown.
I owned this film on VHS, but hey, I dont' even have a tape machine anymore! So when I saw this on DVD I just had to have a copy.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this film to all.