SXSW Film 2016: ‘Sing Street’ review

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“Sing Street” is a feel-good New Wave/pop coming-of-age love story.

Conor (Ferdia-Walsh Pino) dreams big and after transferring to a more rough- and-tumble school where a bully lurks at every corner and black shoes are required. He falls in love with Raphina (Lucy Boynton), who’s one year his senior who lives in a girls’ home across the street.

Raphina becomes Conor’s Apollonia and the impetus for him to start a band with some misfits from his new school. His look changes day by day as they first struggle through a cover of Duran Duran’s “Rio” and then Conor discovers who he is, spiritually and musically, as his music-sensei brother turns him onto The Cure.

“Sing Street” is one part love story and one part brotherly love flick to a soundtrack of New Wave standards that may be familiar if you came of age in the 1980s. Think “Schoolhouse Rock” sans the actual school of rock.

“Sing Street” deals heavily in hope, following your dreams, rebellion, teenage angst through a fairly overt commentary of staunchly Catholic mores and the troubled socioeconomic climate of a mid-1980s Ireland. You can catch “Sing Street” at 8 p.m. Monday at the Marchesa and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Alamo Ritz.

 

 

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