The Book of Stars

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  • NR
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • 6.8  (621)

The Book of Stars, a 1999 drama film, takes the viewers on the journey of two sisters, Mary Stuart Masterson as Mary and Jena Malone as Christine. The movie starts on a heart-wrenching note with the death of Christine's father, leaving the two sisters with their mother, who graciously accepts the mourning, drowning herself in alcohol.

The sisters, after their father's demise, move with their mother to their grandmother's house, that's when the story unfolds. Their grandmother, a renowned pianist, Anne Marie, played by Delroy Lindo, offers Christine piano lessons, and she excels. Mary, unable to join her sister for the lessons, spends her time with her grandma in the garden, where Anne Marie shares her family's legacy, a story that she never shared before.

Through Anne Marie, Mary learns about her mother's traumatic history, and her sister's talent flourishes. The movies take a turn when Christine's music teacher, Karl Geary as Adam, discovers her talent and offers Christine to move with him to New York to explore her potential. With reluctant permission from her mother, only if Mary accompanies, the sisters go to New York, where Adam challenges Christine and her perspectives.

The movie takes an emotional turn, and the audience is exposed to a world where Christine's talent is appreciated, but the environment, people surrounding her, and her own family dynamics threaten her growth. Mary, on the other hand, ignorant of her talent, discovers herself, and her love interest, a bartender, who inspired her to pursue her path.

Director Michael Miner skillfully explores the themes of grief, motherhood, artistic expression, and individual growth in the Book of Stars. The story and its characters are expertly crafted, and the cast performs exceptionally well, with the standout performance from Jena Malone, who captures the emotions of her character, Christine.

The movie's setting and sound designs take the audience on a mystical journey, with the house and the garden, symbolizing the family's history and heritage, and the music, especially Christine's piano performance, leaves the viewers in awe. With 111 minutes of runtime, the pace of the movie is well-balanced, letting the audience delve deeper into the characters' emotions and history.

Overall, The Book of Stars leaves its mark in the viewers' hearts, with a strong family drama, emotional performances, and a storyline that speaks of individual growth and the importance of support and love. The movie beautifully encapsulates the journey of two sisters, and the lessons of the past that pave the way for the future.

The Book of Stars is a 1999 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 51 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

The Book of Stars
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    1 hr 51 min
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    6.8  (621)