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Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Sapphires (2012)
Cast: Chris O’Dowd, Jessica Mauboy, Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, and Tory Kittles
Director: Wayne Blair
Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, the film follows four Australian Aboriginal sisters as they learn about war and growing in love for each other despite their differences. The sisters have grown up singing together and get their first gig booked to sing for American troops in Vietnam once they are scouted out by their manager, Dave (Chris O’Dowd). The movie depicts four sisters who had all odds against them for succeeding, yet they overcome triumphantly.
Reviewer’s Rating: 4/5 reels
The movie starts out with an explanation to the type of injustice Aboriginal people experienced in Australia in the 1960s. According to the government, they were not considered humans and thus were hated by all. You see the sisters experience this at the start of the movie when they head into town for the singing competition. Gail, Julie, and Cynthia enter the competition with all odds against them since they are competing against white people, but luckily Dave sees a great potential in the girls. He is a quirky Irish man that does not have a musical bone in his body yet has the ability to seek it out in others.
The girls convince Dave to help them enter the contest to perform in Vietnam and convince him with the salary of thirty dollars a week. The three girls seek out their long lost cousin after Dave’s persistency. The girls find Kay at her house and convince her to join the group. Gail is the oldest of the girls, is very fierce, and happened to be the lead singer. So when Dave told Gail to step down and follow his lead, she did not respond well. The girls switch their style from country to Motown and adopt the name, the Sapphires.
The girls start their career a bit rusty and uncomfortable. Once they arrive in Vietnam and perform their first show they soon realize that it is going to be different. The girls adopt moves, spangles, go-go boots, and a lot of attitude. Since the girls are in a new environment swarming with lots of men there is room for romance.
All of the girls find a guy they hit it off with except Gail. Just when you think all hope is lost for her she starts hitting it off with Dave. They are performing for the men in Vietnam when the base gets attacked and everybody makes it out safe except Dave. The girls move on, but Gail is having the toughest time possible when it is revealed that he did indeed survive. He tells Gail that he is married but wants to get a divorce and marry her.
The final scene ends with Dave asking for Gail’s hand in marriage. Her dad gives her away. The credits roll with updates on what happened after the beloved Sapphires came home.
By Kalli Kilmer