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The Guitar

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Cast:Isaach de Bankolé, Janeane Garofalo, Saffron Burrows, and Paz de la Huerta

Director:Amy Redford


Year: 2008


The transformation of a woman after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, fired from her thankless job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to live, she blows her savings and maxes out her credit cards to pursue her dreams, which include romance and learning to play the electric guitar.

This is a powerful film and has a lasting effect on you long after you seen it. Saffron Burrows plays Melody, a woman who finds out she has an inoperable tumor in her throat. Her whole life basically collapses as she finds out she has only a couple months to live, her boyfriend dumps her and she gets fired from her job and this all happens in a single day. Once she finds out she is dying Melody leaves her crappy apartment and rents a really large and beautiful penthouse. The rest of the film basically takes place in this penthouse as she basically locks herself in and spends the next 2 months charging up her credit cards by buying things for herself and her penthouse. One thing she buys is a guitar which is something we find out she always wanted as a child through flashbacks. There is not much talking in he film, the messages are displayed by Melody's actions and facial expressions but there is really no need for much dialogue as Director, Amy Redford did a terrific job and more amazing is that this is her first effort. but it is no surprise coming from the daughter of Robert Redford. There are some god messages in this film as well as some not so good but in the end The Guitar is a tender film that was one of the more memorable films I have seen in some time. If your like a good drama that makes you think I suggest picking this up today. Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. **** Out Of *****