Thursday, September 18, 2008

DVD of the week

Heart & Souls: In the just released to DVD Young @ Heart, you'll be uplifted and entranced by the determination and energy displayed by the group of seniors the film features.

The story follows the group's beginning in Northampton back in 1982 and goes on to showcase the rehearsal process of one season as the group prepares to perform at the Academy Theatre. The film won raves when it played at several film festivals last year and speaks to the power and passion that singing can bring; even if the group being highlighted are singing some wildly unpredictable tunes.

Yes, the Young @ Heart group does not sing classical or showtunes. Instead, they sing songs like Coldplay's "Fix You"; Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia"; Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark"; and James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" among others.

Throughout the film, many of the members do personal interviews and we follow them through their daily lives when they aren't rehearsing. There are also some fun video style performances from various chorus members as they "film a video" to different hits.

Young @ Heart is a film that should not be missed but, be warned, this movie isn't all roses and laughs. Afterwards, you'll never look at a senior citizen quite the same again.



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