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The Sapphires [DVD]
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For four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote town, 1968 was the year that would change their lives forever. Around the world there was revolutions and drugs. And there was Vietnam. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great love of soul music. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', Dave secures their first gig, and then takes them to Vietnam to sing for the troops. Based on a true story, The Sapphires is a triumphant celebration of love, family and music.
Chris O'Dowd already has a strong body of work on the small screen to his name. With musical comedy The Sapphires, his increasingly impressive movie career also gets a further boost. Following his supporting turn in smash-hit Bridesmaids, this time O'Dowd gets the starring role, playing a talent scout in 1968, who discovers four Australian Aboriginal singers. Based on a true story, that quartet come together to form The Sapphires--a musical group not a million miles removed from The Supremes.
The Sapphires, under O'Dowd's guidance, take their singing talents to Vietnam, where they sing for the American troops in the midst of war. And the sheer energy and uplifting quality of their vocal performances are real highlights. The Sapphires also crams in a few points about the backdrop to the film, and has one or two things to say along its journey. It does get just a little muddled at times, but it never loses your attention.
Furthermore, the humour works here, and the performances are really good and very likeable. The music, too, is terrific, and it adds up to a movie that's got a good deal of heart to it and a whole lot of entertainment. The package is also bolstered by some reasonable behind the scenes extra features on the disc, including an interview with the real life Sapphires.
It might not have been the kind of film that sweeps the award ceremonies, but The Sapphires will nonetheless be enjoyed, and rightly so, for some time to come. --Jon Foster
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Top Customer Reviews
There are far deeper things going on here, the cast really finding the soul in the music, the truth in the relationships, the pain in the appalling treatment of Aborigines by the Australian government, the desperate need for hope in Vietnam and the strength of family. They are uniformly excellent, Chris O'Dowd's career best performance so far overshadowed (but not by too great a margin) by the girls.
The music is joyous, moving and full of emotion and was embraced by this non-fan of the music normally, and the actresses make the characters hearts pour out through it, doing their real-life counterparts proud.
"The Sapphires" may well have lodged itself in my slightly surprised heart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best films I have had the joy of watching, a cornucopia of the human condition, brilliant acting, Chris O'Dowd sparkles throughout, not only in his accomplished comedic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ms D. Fleming
Brilliant film enjoyed watching it, thanks. Delivery & package spot on.Published 3 months ago by derek bacon
This 103 min REGION B/2 DVD that I received as a gift is not the type of film I would purchase but I am pleased I watched it. It is a film that I would recommend to anyone. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JD Ch-le-St
This brilliant little movie ‘channels’ the much earlier Commitments’ in utilizing the driving, funky rhythms of soul music to underscore the story of four young aboriginal... Read morePublished 4 months ago by still searching