Best Movies by Farr


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What's it About

Scott Hicks's film recounts the true story of piano prodigy David Helfgott (Rush), whose abuse suffered at the hands of his exacting father Peter (Mueller-Stahl) only aggravates an already precarious emotional state. Eventually, his mental affliction catches up with him and derails a promising concert career. Yet David has unexpected reserves of determination that eventually allow him to recover — and even find love with a kind, supportive astrologer named Gillian (Redgrave).

Why we love it

This often disturbing and ultimately inspiring feature benefits from a terrific script and an astonishing, Oscar-winning performance by Rush as the adult David. (Noah Taylor also excels playing Helfgott as an adolescent.) Mueller-Stahl is every bit as good, making your skin crawl as David's haunted, obsessive dad. Look for John Gielgud playing one of David's early teachers. In terms of dramatic storytelling, this film shines indeed.  

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"