Albert, a loner who spends most of his time in the high school library, is obsessed with the beautiful and bright but tormented Cara (who the other kids call "Scara" because of her scarred arms). When the school authorities decide Scara is a danger to herself and have her committed to a hospital, Albert enlists the help of the rebellious kids Scara hangs with to rescue her from her fate. But can t
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Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2016
Kudos to Jenn Page: Wow! Though I think the message was slightly off in the fact that authority was continually the enemy, and it isn't. The overall theme is two fold. 1. We're stronger when we're together 2. We all win when we work together. I am not one for musicals as a whole but even the title on this and the graphics are amazing.
With my disagreement with the messaging, The film seemed to be dealing with a very touchy subject of mental illness...but attacked it with power and grace. I just wish the scenes of behind the scenes dealt more with more of the emotion of the girl being confined. If people don't speak out we lose the battle in silence.
This was an ambitious and well-executed project. The music aspects are inventive and, at times, quite nuanced: a principal and a teacher sing exactly the same words in a duet (but mean complete opposite things), patients at a mental facility are subjected to virtual lobotomies as medical puppeteers pull their invisible strings to get them to conform, and an imprisoned patient spurns her rescuer with the heart-breaking words "I'm not your princess." This movie has a lot to say and what it says is, for me at least, unexpected and fresh.
The young cast is uniformly good. Andre Myers as the would-be Galahad, is a standout. But the performer who steals the show is Tara Bianco, a singer-dancer who lights up the screen with her joyful enthusiasm, turning a secondary role into something much more.