“How in the light of one night did we come so far?” may be a line in Sun and Moon (Miss Saigon), but it might as well be the tagline of the JDHP Prayer Community featured film called August Rush.
It was a rainy Friday evening, but a bunch of people, mostly families, gathered at the Parish Center 1 last May 9. They lined up for free movie tickets. Popcorn, mixed nuts and drinks were served.
Father John Morota, who highly recommended the movie during his homilies, welcomed everyone who came and shared some of his experiences in the seminary as a “movie buff” and even claimed that a couple of years before “If we hold on together” was a hit in this country, he had already discovered it.
The audience could not wait for the movie to start. When it did, everyone was enraptured, including the Reyes family who already saw it before.
The Story(with spoilers): “Princess” Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell), a young Julliard graduate and cello player meets “the peasant” Louis Connolly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Irish singer with a haunting voice who is also a songwriter and a guitarist. Like magic, they fall in love in an instant.
Just like Filipino telenovelas where the rich and overbearing parents try to pull them apart, Lyla’s father (William Sadler) separates the two of them.
Lyla learns she's pregnant and gives birth. Her father puts the baby in the orphanage telling Lyla that he died.
The baby was given the name Evan Taylor who hears, thinks and breathes music in everything while growing up. He meets Richard Jeffries (Terrence Howard) who instantly connects with him. He then gives young Evan (Freddie Highmore) a card, in case he needs anything from him.
Following the music of his heart, Evan is drawn to New York and is taken under the wing of an eccentric street musician known only as the Wizard (Robin Williams), though abusive, nurtures his musical gift and gives him a new name: August Rush.
Unwavering in the hope that his parents are still alive somewhere, August uses his ingenuity and unbelievable talent, to find his parents. He believed in his heart that they will recognize him when they hear him.
True enough, they do. In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged. ~Hans Nouwens
Can miles truly separate you from friends.... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there? ~Richard Bach
|Directed by||Kirsten Sheridan|
|Produced by||Richard Barton Lewis|
|Written by||Nick Castle|
James V. Hart
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
|Music by||Mark Mancina|
|Editing by||William Steinkamp|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 21, 2007|
|Running time||113 min.|
|Box office||$65,278,569 (worldwide)|