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Published May 21st 2014
Sunshine on Leith - a musical
Set in Leith, considered a major port servicing Edinburgh


The film starts with a scene of two friends, Ally and Davy serving in Afghanistan. It moves very quickly from a couple of scenes during their tour of duty, to their homecoming.

This is a story of family and good friends. Ally is in love with
Davy's sister Liz, and Davy soon joins the couples domain when his sister Liz introduces him to her good friend Yvonne. Despite their reservations Davy and Yvonne are smitten and bitten by the love bug.

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Adapted from the stage musical of the same name


Meanwhile, Davy and Liz's parents Rab and Jean are heading towards celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary when a revelation from the past on the night of the celebrations, breaks Jean's heart and makes it difficult for her to forgive and forget.

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Rab and Jean celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary


This movie had all the elements, but it somehow did not really come together for me. It touches very lightly on war and guilt when your friends don't come out of it all in one piece.

It touches on a family, who find you underfoot and want you to get on your way and out the door, with a nephew thrown in for the cute factor.

It touches on personal choices that impact on others and how it makes them catapult into situations that are not necessarily free of bad decisions.

It touches on a lot of things but does not really go any further. However, I do say Rab and Jean, the parents, played by Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks worked their characters strongly and for me, they were the ones to watch.

If you're looking for a strong film with an in depth story line, this is not the one.

However, if you're looking for a film that is entertaining with a lot of feel good moments and good music thrown in, it is very watchable. You won't be sorry if all you're looking for is to put a smile on your dial and to be entertained.

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Twins Craig and Charlie Reid, aka The Proclaimers


This musical made me smile every time the scene involved a song and dance to the beat of music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. It was hard not to sing along and toe tap to '500 Miles'. I also loved the song and dance by the barman, who was very entertaining and Jason Flemyng (Harry, the work colleague) surprised me with his dance moves.

As a movie I give it 5 out of 10. For the feel good factor and cute Scottish accents, I give it 7 out of 10.

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Why? An adaptation from a stage musical of the same name
When: Now
Where: At selected cinemas
Cost: $12 to $19
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Looks like a great movie; it is nice that not all films about people who have been to war, have to be depressing. This looks uplifting, light hearted, but heartfelt at the same time.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11898) 1515 days ago
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