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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sing Street (2016)

This is a very charming movie about a high school aged boy whose family is slowly falling apart.  Conor manages to avoid the downward spiral that his parents are bent on putting themselves and everyone under their roof through, but a chance encounter with a girl in a group home gives him the idea to join a band and improbable as it sounds he manages to do that.  He is connected to a talented musician who is a bit socially awkward, but very good with a guitar, and willing to play original music and compose.  Conor has quite a talent for song writing and he develops both a stage persona and a talent for staging music videos.  He is unlikely to go anywhere with this, but it does get him through the worst of adolescence and that is saying something.  His friendship with the girl is romantic on his part, but in a very typical 15 year old kind of way, a halting and slow kind of teen relationship.  One fine day she informs him that the reason she is without parents is because her father sexually abused her over a period of years.  He does not then try to bed her.  If anything he slows down, and it is a sweet sort of thing.  Right up until almost the end.

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