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|Genre:||Music movie, Drama, Romance, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 99 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
The sisters Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) have been dreaming since their childhood of one day escaping from their sad everyday life in a small Aboriginal settlement. Their musical talent could open some doors for them. But in Australia of the 1960s, Aborigines are discriminated against enormously and are only confronted with hostility outside their settlements. So it is no wonder that the sisters in a talent competition are completely ignored by the jury, even though they are by far the best singers. Only the Irish musician Dave Lovelace (Chris O`Dowd) recognises the potential slumbering in the young women. He persuades her to hire him as her manager and try her hand at interpreting soul music. This is the birth of The Sapphires, whose success no one dares to believe in. But when the sisters are engaged to support the morale of the troops in Vietnam with their music, this could change very quickly…
The Australian music film "The Sapphires" is based on the play of the same name by Tony Briggs, who integrated the true experiences of his mother and aunt into a fictional framework. Director Wayne Blair follows almost all common rules of music film in his adaptation of the play, which is why the viewer shouldn't expect too many surprises. That the film was described by some American critics as the Australian version of Bill Condon's "Dreamgirls" is true in many ways, even though Blair uses the music much less intrusive and musical-like than Condon did. The Sapphires" focuses on the characters and their changes in the face of success, war and racism.
This may not be particularly surprising, but it is extremely stirring, amusing and moving. This is not only due to the catchy music, but primarily to the natural and convincing playing of the three main actresses. It is true that the three so different sisters and their conflicts among each other are somewhat stereotyped. However, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Miranda Tapsell fill these characters with life in such an engaging way, that the fact that the script denies them the necessary depth is often overlooked. The three are supported by a not less convincing Shari Sebbens and a really wonderful Chris O`Dowd ("The IT Crowd"), who plays Dave Lovelace, who is completely broken in himself, with infectious warmth and a lot of heart.
"The Sapphires" was a great success in his home country Australia, but could only convince a little abroad so far. It is also unlikely that the film will attract the masses to the cinemas in Germany. In the face of numerous blockbusters accompanied by large advertisements and summer temperatures, it could even sink completely. That would be a shame, as the movie tells its nice story in a very engaging way and with its music makes for a lasting good mood. Those who like the soul music of the 60s and 70s and appreciate well played music films with a mixture of drama, romance and a little humour should definitely give the ladies of "The Sapphires" a chance. Not only worth seeing but also extremely listening!
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