In Cinemas nationally from May 13
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Finley (Rose Reid) is an aspiring young violinist. After failing her audition her mother sends her to Ireland to spend a semester there to clear her head and get away from the disappointment of missing out.
On the plane she is upgraded to first class and meets the famous actor Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre – Tomorrowland). She is put off by his over-confidence and articles in a magazine on the plane about his love life! She is horrified when she discovers he is staying in the same B&B as her and gets fed up with his constant advances.
The B&B is the same one her late brother stayed in and old wounds are opened when her host gives Finley a book of drawing his brother did. She is intrigued by a painting of a graveyard headstone on which her brother put Finley’s name, and spends her spare time searching the myriad of cemeteries searching for the elusive headstone.
Meanwhile, her semester assignment is to spend at least 20 hours with a resident in a nursing home. She draws the short straw with the grumpy and obnoxious old Cathleen Sweeney (Vanessa Redgrave). Her teacher refuses to assign another resident after Finley is kicked out by Sweeney within a minute and threatens to fail her if she backs out! Finley tries a different approach and eventually befriends Sweeney who has a terrible reputation amongst the locals.
Finley is also getting frustrated with her violin practice until she meets a local fiddle player who teaches her to feel the music and enjoy it. Beckett meanwhile has wormed his way into Finley’s life acting as her driver in her quest to find the headstone.
This is a highly predictable firl meets boy, boy makes advances, girl resists, etc – in fact it reminds me of Notting Hill except that the famous actor is male a similar plot. I am not sure what purpose the side-plot of Vanessa Redgrave’s role was supposed to serve, as it didn’t really seem to have an impact on the main story. Despite this, I did really enjoy the movie – a feel-good story and beautifully done.