Making the Grade



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1 hr 26 min
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English 5.1
24 fps
1 hr 26 min
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Reviewed by larrys37 / 10

Quiet Documentary Offers Rewards

I'll start off by saying this film evoked horrific memories of my childhood attempts at piano playing in school. It was not for me, that's for certain.

The documentary, directed by Ken Wardrop, is set in Ireland, where piano players are attempting to pass a music exam from Grade 1 up to Grade 8. At first, this was confusing to me, living in America, where Grades 1 thru 8 are school children advancing from one level of learning to the next and has nothing to do with music.

However, in the movie individuals of all ages and backgrounds can try for advancement in the music exams and go on to the next level. The doc will introduce us briefly to a myriad of personalities striving to pass these exams, as well as their piano teachers.

This is a quiet film filled with low-key humor, so don't expect any dramatic fireworks. The power of the doc is in the interviews with each person and those teachers that earnestly try to guide them with their own personal styles. The range is enormous from a woman who openly states that she knows she'll never be very good but still wants to try, to the young enormously talented prodigy.

Overall, this movie is not for everyone but for those who can patiently focus on why some humans want to play music and the dedication of their teachers there are certainly rewards here.

Reviewed by parisdave10 / 10

Very enjoyable !

Well observed and balanced film . It has a certain je ne sais quoi and many nuances !

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