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June 19th, 2013 12:01 am REBECCA JACOBSON | Brew Views

Brew Views: The Sapphires

Soul sisters.

brewviews_thesapphires_3933THE SAPPHIRES

According to crusty Irish boozer Dave—played with impeccable comic charm by Chris O’Dowd, Kristen Wiig’s cop boyfriend in Bridesmaids—country-western and soul music are both rooted in loss. The difference, Dave says, is that while country-western stars whine about it, soul singers fight desperately for redemption. That exuberant sense of resilience takes center stage in The Sapphires, first-time filmmaker Wayne Blair’s massively entertaining tale about an Australian Aboriginal girl band that travels to Vietnam to entertain American troops in 1968. Loosely based on a true story (Blair’s mother was a member of the original group), the film butts up against serious issues, most prominently racial tension and the trauma of war. But between the spirited songs, big-hearted story line and hypersaturated cinematography, this is a film that unapologetically encourages finger-snapping rather than head-scratching—and bless its spangled heart for that.

  • Playing at: Laurelhurst.
  • Best paired with: Hop Valley Alphadelic IPA.
  • Also playing: Internet Cat Video Fest (Hollywood).
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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