The Music Never Stopped

It turns out that the freezing cold, and disgusting snow that visits Utah every winter does serve a purpose. I give you the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. While I am not certain that the festival wouldn't work if it were 75 and sunny, it certainly helps that Hollywood likes to hit the slopes for 10 days a year.

This is the third consecutive year that my wife and I have been fortunate enough to attend a screening at the festival. This year we were able to see the world premier of The Music Never Stopped, a film about a father's relationship with his son who is suffering from a brain tumor.

J.K. Simmons plays the role of Henry, a now retired engineer who is struggling to bond with his son Gabriel following the discovery of a tumor in his only child's brain. With the help of a musical therapist, played brilliantly by Julia Ormond, Henry is able to connect with Gabriel through the power of music.

The film highlights some of the most popular music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's, including a large presence by The Grateful Dead. It had the woman sitting next to me "oohing" and "ahhing" each time a new song was played. While I may not be able to relate to the memories that come back to both the characters and the vocal woman sitting next to me, I think we can all associate the power of music to memories from days past.

Without giving away too much of the plot, this story of the bond between a father and his son will be enjoyed by viewers of all generations. The music will keep you tapping your toes, while the sly wit of the characters will make you laugh, and potentially even cry.

One thing's for sure, you'll be singing on your car ride home.

The Music Never Stopped
Directed by: Jim Kohlberg
Written by: Gwyn Lurie, Gary Marks, and Oliver Sacks
Starring: J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormand, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Cara Seymour
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Would Gene pick it?: Yes

Notes: After viewing the film, Jim Kohlberg did a Q & A on stage, and mentioned that the film is slated to be released in early March. Be sure to check all the usual places for showtimes upon it's release.

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