The Sapphires Movie Review
The Sapphires, the true-life story of an all-girl Aboriginal soul group in 1960s Australia is guaranteed to win your heart, and is already winning praise from film festivals the world over. Find out more in The Sapphires Movie Review!
Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires is about three sassy and talented Aboriginal sisters and their cousin living their dream of performing on stage - but in a way they never expected. Set in Australia in 1968, The Sapphires takes place during the Vietnam War. Sisters Gail, Cynthia and Julie go into town to perform country music in a local talent competition and have to deal with the harsh reality of racism (at this time in Australia, Aboriginal people had no rights at all), but one man sees the potential in the group and they convince him to help them audition for the US Army so they can perform for the troops overseas. After finding their long lost cousin Kay, who was stolen from their home by the government to live with white people because she was lighter-skinned, they get to work on changing their sound by singing soul music and in the process become The Sapphires. Once the girls hit Vietnam they truly start their adventure!
The Bottom Line
The Sapphires is more than just a cute musical comedy, although if you manage to make it through this whole film without tapping your toes or getting a thrill every time the girls take the stage, you have a heart made of stone! Between all the amazing singing and quick comebacks between the girls and their stage manager Dave (comedian Chris O'Dowd), the film delves into some real history and the struggle for respect and rights that Aboriginal people went through during this period, as well as the scary reality of life in a war zone. In fact, the screenplay was co-written by the son of one of the women the movie is based on. Despite the history, the movie is a good old fashioned romantic musical comedy that will tug on your heartstrings and make you want to jump for joy whenever the music starts playing.
Check out the trailer for The Sapphires, which hits theaters April 12th, below!
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