Saturday, April 6, 2013

'The Sapphires'

Full disclosure, I adore Australian films so this may not be the most objective of reviews, however believe me that 'The Sapphires' is a wonderful, small movie which deserves to be seen by a large audience.

Based on a true story, which follows the lives of 2 Aboriginal sisters and 2 cousins who form a singing group in the late 1960s and tour Vietnam to entertain the troops. Under the watchful eye of their manager, played by Chris O'Dowd ('Bridesmaids'), this is a story of a coming-of-age of sorts as the young women travel not only outside of their own communities but Australia as well, opening up a new world of opportunity and adventure.

The story is a great mix of soul music, wit and romance. I highly recommend it. The real-life women who inspired this movie, spent the rest of their lives creating and supporting health and education programs in their respective communities. For a more detailed review, click here.

The real-life Sapphires: Laurel Robinson, Lois Peeler and their cousins Beverley Briggs and
Naomi Mayers.

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