Boychoir

By April 3, 20152015 FilmFest

Part of the Prelude Double Bill

April 9th, 2015 8:45pm

SilverCity Theatre B

USA

Location: SilverCity
Showtime: 8:15 pm
Director: François Girard
Cast: Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Dustin Hoffman
Runtime: 103 minutes
Language: English
Rating: PG

An unabashed crowd pleaser that recalls the troubled youth movies of the 1950s, François Girard’s first film in ages, Boychoir goes for the heartstrings while eschewing most troubling genre clichés.

Following the loss of his mother in a drunk driving accident and a father (Josh Charles) that refuses to acknowledge his existence, troubled eleven-year-old Stet (newcomer Garret Wareing) discovers he has a gift for singing chorale music. His talents capture the eyes and ears of Dustin Hoffman and Eddie Izzard, the leaders of the American Boychoir, second only to Vienna’s young adult choir in terms of excellence and notoriety.

An interesting dichotomy emerges concerning young Stet’s push and pull towards his new vocation. He wants to do it because he has nowhere else to go and his own temper often gets him into trouble. Even worse, it’s a gift he’ll only have for a couple of years at best until his voice changes. It’s expertly played by Wareing in a note-perfect performance, one of the best from a young actor in quite some time.

Similarly intriguing is the unspoken power structure between Hoffman’s passionate type, Izzard’s analytical jerk, and Kathy Bates as the head of the organization. They all come together under Girard’s well rounded direction. Boychoir earns every bit of its ultimate feel good vibe.

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