Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Alana De Roma, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn, Nick Barker (II), Kerry Armstrong
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
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Wendy Schroeder | Englewood, Co United States | 08/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was an unusual movie to me. It's like it couldn't decide if it was a comedy or drama. I've know the term "dramedy" and I suppose that is what it was. It's just that it changed drastically from comedy to drama from scene to scene. Yet, it was a enthralling movie at about the second half.
A little girl has PTSD from watching her father die a horrible death. She can hear but only pays attention if you sing. The plot is a little silly at times but only the most cynical will not be touched. The personality of little Amy and her beautiful voice makes this a worthwhile film to see.
"Amy Can You Hear Me?" ~ The Healing Power Of Music
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 11/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Synopsis: The '98 Australian film `Amy' is a moving, one Kleenex box tale story about a little girl named Amy (Alana De Roma) and her Mother Tonya (Rachel Griffiths) who are both doing their best to cope with the tragic death of their Father/husband, a popular rock musician (Nick Barker). Amy has become deaf and dumb since witnessing the accident and Rachel is doing her best to pay the bills and find medical treatment for Amy's psychological malady. To make matters worse the Social Services Department has come to the conclusion that the best thing for Amy would be to take her away and put her in a special program, but Rachel insists that's not the answer.
Running from the authorities, Tonya rents a house in a rundown, undesirable area of town with what appears to be a lot of unsavory dysfunctional neighbors to deal with. When Amy spots Robert (Ben Mendelsohn), the neighbor across the street sitting on his front porch playing his guitar and singing she is joins him and begins to sing softly along with him. Is it possible for someone to be unable to hear and speak normally but have the ability to hear singing and be and sing? And if it is possible will Tonya and her new found friends be able to aid in curing little Amy before the government steps in and takes her away? I should hope so.
`Amy' is yet another one of those surprisingly good but unknown independent films that deserves to be seen. Rachel Griffiths gives a beautifully strong yet vulnerable performance and Alana De Roma will melt the heart of even the most cynical viewer. And wait till you hear her sing, she is absolutely amazing! There are also a number of minor but good performances by the quirky, unsavory band of Mercer Street locals, especially Ben Mendelsohn.
This DVD is presently out-of-production so get a copy while you can still find one. Recommended viewing!"