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Director: Maggie Greenwald
Producer: Ellen Rigas Venetis, Richard Miller
Written by: Maggie Greenwald
Cast: Janet McTeer, Aidan Quinn, Pat Carroll, Jane Adams, Erin Blake
Rating: out of 5
Exploring the origins of folk and bluegrass music, SONGCATCHER lovingly
portrays the search for music in all imaginable places. Musicologist
Penleric (McTeer), after being passed over for a full professorship,
to march to the beat of her own drum. Upon visiting her sister Elna
Lily discovers the same English ballads she had been teaching in school
still being sung in their purest form in the Appalachian Mountains. As
title implies, Lily becomes a "songcatcher" as she begins collecting
recording ballads in order to publish them in a book.
Along the way in her search for music, Lily encounters a rich palette
characters. Viney Butler (Carroll) a seasoned mountain woman becomes a
source for Lily and a good friend. Her grandson Tom (Quinn), a little
around the edges, sparks the daring side of Lily. Throughout the film
and Tom become combative as they search for each other's motives.
The major drawback of this film was the convenient and sometimes
love relationship between Lily and Tom. A cultural and socio-economic
separated these two characters that seemed a little too easily bridged.
ending almost made me gag on its sugary sweet happiness.
Above all the music really sells this movie. Whenever the mountain
sing a tune or play an instrument you become mesmerized by the simple
and melody. The crux of this movie is the music and the plot follows
Take a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
Itís worth a full-price ticket.
Itís worth a matinee ticket.
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