The Mu­sic Shop

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FILM MAKER - by Rachel Joyce, Pen­guin/ Ran­dom House.

If you fell for Harold Fry and Miss Quee­nie Hen­nessey, there’s now a new Rachel Joyce char­ac­ter set to steal your heart. Well, sev­eral ac­tu­ally, in this en­gag­ing nar­ra­tive sym­phony. Frank is a mu­sic shop owner – not your av­er­age mu­sic store, but one that sells only vinyl records, none of those new cds. Frank’s gift is that he can match mu­sic to his cus­tomers’ needs, heal­ing their trou­bles. The one per­son he can’t heal, though, is him­self. The store is in a run­down lit­tle cul-de-sac, but Frank, his young as­sis­tant Kit and the neigh­bour­ing busi­ness own­ers – in­clud­ing a for­mer priest, a feisty tat­too artist and funeral di­rec­tor broth­ers – are united in their de­ter­mi­na­tion to fend off the de­vel­op­ers try­ing to buy them out. Then into their lives falls the mys­te­ri­ous Ilse Brauch­mann, set­ting in mo­tion a story of love, loss, missed op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­demp­tion, against a sound­track of Frank’s tune­ful cures (keep a de­vice handy to hear the tracks on YouTube!). Funny, sad, up­lift­ing and ab­sorb­ing, the end of Frank’s story may just have you leap­ing to your feet in song.

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