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It’s little wonder that the movie is called “Shine.” Australian pianist David Helfgott’s life may have been difficult, but it never tarnished him. His spirit always shined and the movie effectively captures that fact.
David (Geoffrey Rush) has a natural talent. He is a genius at the piano. But with his genius comes a handicap. David is under of the yoke of his father’s controlling love.
David does find the strength to escape from his father’s clutches, to a music college in London. However, after mastering one of the most difficult piano pieces ever composed, Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concert No. 3,” he suffers a nervous break- down, which lands him in an institution and bars him from his love of the piano.
Aside from David’s musical gift, his other blessing is his optimism. He favors no ill will toward anyone or any predicament he may have faced, which makes David truly shine.
One of my favorite parts in the movie is when David stumbles into a piano bar and everyone giggles at him as he rambles his way over to the piano. The snickers quickly stop once his fingers touch the keys. Suddenly, David has won over everyone’s hearts with his optimism and talent.
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