|Director of Photography:|| Geoffrey Simpson|
|Music:|| David Hirschfelder|
|Production Designer:|| Vicki Niehus|
|Producer:|| Jane Scott|
|Fine Line; PG-13; 105 minutes|
|Cast:|| Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Alex Rafalowicz, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud and Googie Withers|
Few things are as tragic as a parent destroying a child's life by living vicariously through his or her offspring. The child almost never rebounds, forever carrying the parent's baggage. Australian piano virtuoso David Helfgott did make a comeback, though it took him nearly 30 years to do so. As a child, David (Rafalowicz) was a prodigy, and his overbearing father (Mueller-Stahl) was proud and adoring as long as David succeeded. When adolescent David (Taylor) begins to show independence by accepting a scholarship abroad, his father spins into a mad fury. David makes the break and breaks down after conquering the unconquerable “Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3,” landing in an institution. He meets a woman (Redgrave) who helps him recover from his trauma. An elegant study of a dysfunctional parent-child relationship and its devastating effects.
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