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A father whose life was his family. A son whose music was his life.

Year: 1996
Country: Australia
Release date: 6 March 1997
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine
Directors: Scott Hicks
Runtime: 105min
Plot: Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
User Rating: 7.6/10 based on 29323 votes.


Based on the true story of Australian pianist David Helfgott, this delightful movie charts the traumatic early years through adulthood. Telling the story in flashback we see David as a child prodigy and as he grows up while his patriarchal father abuses him and his siblings with the memory of his childhood in Europe and the loss of his family in the concentration camps. David finally breaks away from his father and goes away to study overseas, he later suffers a breakdown and returns to Australia and a life in an institution. Many years later he is released and through several twists of fate (in reality even more unlikely than film portrays) he starts playing a piano in a bar before finally returning to the concert hall.

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