THE SOLOIST

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

7TWO, Fri­day, 10.30pm, M ( 2009)

Based on true events, this heart- wrench­ing tale tells the story of men­tally ill mu­si­cian Nathaniel Ay­ers ( Jamie Foxx, left), who went from a promis­ing fu­ture as a con­cert cel­list to liv­ing rough in down­town Los An­ge­les af­ter schizophre­nia de­railed his artis­tic am­bi­tions. The ex­tra­or­di­nary tale was chron­i­cled by reporter Steve Lopez ( Robert Downey Jr) in his news­pa­per col­umn, and sub­se­quently turned into a book. Not only does the film have pol­ished per­form­ers in the lead roles, but ac­claimed di­rec­tor Joe Wright ( Atone­ment) or­ches­trates pro­ceed­ings. The re­sult is a heart­felt and mov­ing flick.

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