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|Genre:||Music movie, Comedy, Drama|
|Regie:||Lisa Barros D`Sa, Glenn Leyburn|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 102 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
In the 1970s Belfast was marked by civil war. Former friends now hate each other to the death only because of their faith. Amidst the conflicts between Protestants and Catholics, Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer) tries the impossible: he wants to open a record store in the middle of a fought-over street line and thus set a sign against blind fanaticism. But initially business is more than sluggish. But then Terri discovers punk and becomes a promoter of young talent. His shop "Good Vibrations" becomes the meeting point of the Northern Irish underground scene and Terri the great hope of young lateral thinkers and free spirits. But beyond his idealism he seems to completely forget that he was supposed to take care of his family too…
"Good Vibrations" is based on the true story of record store owner, label founder and concert promoter Terri Hooley. But the movie isn't really a typical biopic. Instead, Lisa Barros D`Sa and Glenn Leyburn have also staged a tongue-in-cheek declaration of love to punk and the legendary record store, which also deals with very biting humour with the civil war in Northern Ireland. This may sound a bit inappropriate now that the bloody fights between Catholics and Protestants were really nothing to laugh about. But the directing duo finds a very good way. By using Terri with his dry sarcasm as a mouthpiece, they can expose the senselessness of this conflict in a very humorous way.
However, the whole thing does not lack the necessary seriousness. So Terri is not overstylised into a brilliant folk hero. His increasingly one-sided obsession and idealism may have made him an idol for young musicians and music fans. But the film also shows how much his wife and children suffered as a result. It's these different levels and the resulting mixture of humorous and dramatic scenes that make this film not only extremely entertaining, but also extremely interesting.
You don't necessarily have to have a soft spot for punk music to be entertained by "Good Vibrations". Because at its core, the film is a very general story about the power that music can exert and about walls that can tear them down. It's the charming portrait of a shrill lateral thinker who hasn't let himself be intimidated by the general fear, who has gone his way against all odds and has stood up again and again after numerous low blows. Lisa Barros D`Sa and Glenn Leyburn have created a small, quirky arthouse comedy that may not appeal to the general public, but has what it takes to become a cult film for the target audience due to the great main character, the stirring soundtrack and the biting humour. Worth seeing! ]
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