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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense, gripping mental illness music drama.

Movie PG-13 1996 105 minutes
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Shine is anchored by terrific performances, especially the award-winning star turn by Rush. This is not just a clinical lab-coat study of a true case of mental illness, therapy, and treatments; it's also a positive affirmation that even "crazy street people" possess humanity, emotions, and intricate family histories beyond the surface pathologies. Even a certain lack of third-act complications -- David seems to ease from the margins back into the mainstream with the incredibly patient assistance of nurturing ladies, restaurateurs, and social workers -- doesn't detract from the uplifting message that such disadvantaged people can still have value. The real-life piano playing of Helfgott is heard on the soundtrack, and the musician has since issued recordings of the Rachmaninoff music key to the plot.

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