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Sing Street

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • John Carney
  • 101 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Comedy drama from the director of Once, starring Lucy Boynton and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. In 1980s Dublin, sensitive teenager Conor uses music as an escape from the bullying at his new school. After an encounter with the beautiful and enigmatic Raphina, Conor persuades the wannabe model that she is perfect for his new music video. All Conor needs now is a band.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Sing Street is quite simply one of the nicest films you'll see in ages. It's written and directed by the impressive John Carney, who made the equally impressive Once. Like that 2007 Oscar winner, Sing Street is a film about emotions and music. This time, though, the setting isn't contemporary Dublin, but the city in 1985. And the leads aren't two adult buskers, but a lovestruck 15-year-old schoolboy and the slightly older girl he woos with his "futurist" pop band and the opportunity to appear in a music video. Carney draws terrific performances from his musically talented young cast, and adds welcome shades of darkness to the film's innate fantasy-tinged fluffiness via hints of church-school cruelty and sexual abuse, domestic unrest and teen ambitions to quit "dull" Dublin for the perceived bright lights of London. The songs, all written specially for the film, are pretty good, too. Cornily heart-warming, it's an absolute delight and a welcome relief from the shock and bore of the typical multiplex blockbuster.

Credits

Cast

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Conor, "Cosmo"Ferdia Walsh-Peelo
RaphinaLucy Boynton
RobertAidan Gillen
PennyMaria Doyle Kennedy
BrendanJack Reynor
AnnKelly Thornton
DarrenBen Carolan
EamonMark McKenna
NgigPercy Chamburuka
LarryConor Hamilton

Crew

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DirectorJohn Carney

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2016-05-20
Languages
English | Latin | French
Guidance
Swearing, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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