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The Sapphires

By REBECCA JACOBSON
According to crusty Irish boozer Dave—played with impeccable comic charm by Chris O’Dowd, Kristen Wiig’s cop boyfriend in Bridesmaids—country-western and soul music are both rooted in loss. The difference, Dave says, is that while country-western stars whine about it, soul singers fight desperately for redemption. That exuberant sense of resilience takes center stage in first-time filmmaker Wayne Blair’s massively entertaining tale about an Australian Aboriginal girl band that travels to Vietnam to entertain American troops in 1968. Loosely based on a true story (Blair’s mother was a member of the original group), The Sapphires butts up against serious issues, most prominently racial tension and the trauma of war. But between the spirited songs, big-hearted story line and hypersaturated cinematography, this is a film that unapologetically encourages finger-snapping rather than head-scratching—and bless its spangled heart for that.
 

Special Note

Fox Tower
 
  • Genres: Musical comedy
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
  • Country: Australia
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ A Scene of War Violence, Sexuality, Smoking, Some Language, Thematic Elements ]
  • Critic's Score: B+
  • Starring: Chris O'Dowd [Dave Lovelace], Deborah Mailman [Gail], Jessica Mauboy [Julie], Shari Sebbens [Kay], Miranda Tapsell [Cynthia], Tory Kittles [Robby], Eka Darville [Hendo], Lynette Narkle [Nanny Theresa], Kylie Belling [Geraldine], Gregory Fryer [Selwyn], Don Battee [Myron Ritchie], TJ Power [Lt. Jensen]
  • Directed by: Wayne Blair [Director], Keith Thompson [Screenwriter], Tony Briggs [Screenwriter], Rosemary Blight [Producer], Kylie de Fresne [Producer], Ben Grant [Executive Producer], Tristan Whalley [Executive Producer], Lee Kie [Executive Producer], John Sim [Executive Producer], Bob Weinstein [Executive Producer], Harvey Weinstein [Executive Producer], Warwick Thornton [Cinematographer], Dany Cooper [Film Editor], Melinda Doring [Production Design], Tess Schofield [Costume Designer], Cezary Skubiszewski [Original Music], Nikki Barrett [Casting], Natalie Wall [Casting], Randi Hiller [Casting], Tamara-Lee Notcutt [Casting], Janie Parker [Art Director], Glen Johnson [Set Decoration]
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