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Movie Review: “The Sapphires”

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The Sapphires

Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four Australian aboriginal women, Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy), Kay (Shari Sebbens) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), who entertain the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. The film is based on the 2004 play of the same name by Tony Briggs (who also serves as the co-writer of the film).

The trio is discovered by the Irish MC Dave (Chris O’Dowd) after performing a country and western tune at an Australian talent competition. Dave believes that in order to further their career, they need to drop the country and get into the soul groove The only thing stopping the women is that they believe “white” Australia will never give them a chance. As their manager, Dave books the sisters a gig performing for the Vietnam troops after one of the sisters comes across an article about the opportunity.

The Sapphires is a crowd-pleasing combination of comedy, romance and an unbeatable soul music soundtrack, set against the racial and social upheaval of the late 1960s.

The Sapphires

Here’s the run down:

Drama: From the conflict within the group, to the war in Vietnam, the film is packed with drama, excitement and emotion.

Humour: Chris O’Dowd keeps the film light-hearted, despite the Vietnam conflict with his charming, semi-intoxicated character as a talent scout turned manager.

Romance: While The Sapphires begin to find themselves, some also find love with others. There is no shortage of conflict when it comes to the love affairs in the film.

Check out the trailer for the long awaited debut of The Sapphires

Review by Sierra Traikos

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