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Sundance 2011: SLC Gala THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

by Scott Renshaw
- Posted // 2011-01-21 - There are many things that could have derailed this year’s Salt Lake City Gala film. And it avoided nearly all of them to focus on a surprisingly touching relationship.

Based on a true-life case study by neurologist/author Oliver Sacks (Awakenings), The Music Never Stopped tells the story of a suburban New York couple, Henry (J.K. Simmons) and Helen Sawyer (Cara Seymour), who reconnect with their 30-something son, Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci), in 1986 after nearly 20 years estranged. The complication: Gabriel has been affected by a severe but benign brain tumor which essentially froze his ability to make new memories in 1970.

Naturally, there’s a “music therapist” (Julia Ormond) to help once it becomes clear that Gabriel’s beloved ’60s music revives his personality—but it doesn’t just become another doctor/patient triumph-of-the-spirit story. And naturally the culture clash between Greatest-Generation Henry and hippie Gabriel is part of their conflict, but the film doesn’t linger there. Instead, it becomes something rarely seen in movies: a father-son love story, one in which Henry’s need to re-frame the past becomes just as important as Gabriel’s need to escape it. There are a few more expository flashbacks than really seem to be needed, but the terrific, sensitive performances by Simmons and Pucci make for an honestly affecting tear-jerker.

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Posted // January 22,2011 at 07:37

Great review!! I cannot wait to see this movie. One thing I wanted to mention to the author is that "music therapy" (your quotations) is actually an allied health profession with thousands of board-certified therapists. Music therapists are employed in hospitals across the United States (and the world) to help bring about the sort of therapeutic change that is depicted in this movie. They also work (as I do) in schools and with children with special needs.

More information about the profession of music therapy can be found at www.musictherapy.org .

 

 
 
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