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The Sapphires


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Notes: The story takes tells of an Irish entertainer who sees potential in the young Friends and agrees to sign them up to entertain the American Troops stationed in Vietnam. He does insist they sing soul music instead of the country music they were used to.; oddly to sing "soul music". As it turns out Dave seems to have a better understanding of Soul Music than he does of Music in general.

Through their journeys the young girls learn about family, love, friendship, war and belonging. The girls at first enjoy a feeling of liberation as they explore the safer areas of Vietnam. This is painfully followed by the confrontation of the darker realities of the war. Maimed and wounded soldiers no old than they were, as well as civilians, women and children, hostages to the military forces constantly fighting; There is a growth in the maturity that comes at a painful price. But through the pain grows a respect for the beauty of life.

A truelly remarkable coming of age movie well worth watching.

M J Flack