I shed a few tears , I smiled, I was amused by the adolescent boys’ pranks and shenanigans and I was mesmerized by the chorale performance by the American Boychoir boarding School. Such talent! Their voices were angelic, melodic and unbelievable.
This film written by Ben Ripley and directed by French Canadian Francois Girard, [directer of the Red violin in 1988,]- was part of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. This is the story of Stet–a troubled, angry and disadvantaged youth, alone in the world. His future probably would have been one of a life of crime and poverty had it not been for the intervention of his public school drama teacher, who was instrumental in having him accepted into a boys singing academy. Stet was played by Garrett Wareing. This was the first movie role for this multi talented individual, whose family is also involved in the performing arts, His father and sister appeared in the movie. Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates and Debra Winger are part of this large cast of talented actors. In my opinion Garrett Wareing is destined to become a superstar. Be sure to see the movie . I don’t think you will be disappointed. The plot is somewhat predictable, but who cares?