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This review is from: Finding Forrester [DVD]  (DVD)
Finding Forrester is one of those movies that comes along every now and then. It seemed to arrive without much fanfare and I wonder why. Why is something this good not given a big promotional tour, lots of publicity and a lot of glitz? The truth is - it doesn't need it. What a film needs is a great script, tight direction, excellent leads and "something". The "something" in this film is the spark between Forrester and Jamal. It's the rancour between Jamal and the teacher (played exquisitely by F Murray Abraham). And, it's the fledgling friendship between a girl and a boy.
Quite simply it's a wonder. Sean Connery turns in another seemingly effortless performance. (I'm biased, as I'm from Edinburgh, but I think it's the best thing he's done since "The Man Who Would be King".) Rob Brown (as Jamal) isn't dwarfed by Connery's performance and turns in something eyecatching himself. F Murray Abraham, always worth watching, gives us plenty to dislike as Jamal's snobbish teacher. Anna Paquin fared well as Jamal's school friend - but this could have been expanded on a bit more.
However, don't just read this review. Watch the film. You won't regret it.