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August Rush

Evan Taylor (August Rush) Lyla Novacek Louis Connelly Richard Jeffries (Social service worker) Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace

Beginning: A boy named Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore) grows up an outcast in a home for boys, all the while believing that his parents are alive. He can hear music in everything: the light, the wind, the air. He believes that he can hear the music from his parents. He thinks that they always wanted him and would come and get him someday. He meets a social service worker, Richard Jeffries (Terrence Howard), of the New York Child Services Department. Evan tells him he does not want to be adopted. Mr. Jeffries likes Evan and gives him his card. He wants Evan to confide in him if the need should ever arise. Through a series of flashbacks, his parents are revealed to be named Lyla Novacek, (Keri Russell), a famous concert cellist, and Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Irish guitarist and lead singer of a rock band. His parents met at the same party and spent the romantic night together. Due to Lyla's strict father, Lyla was unable to meet Louis where she'd agreed to and they parted, apparently never to see each other again. From that one night together Lyla became pregnant with their child. Her father did not approve of this; he wanted Lyla to have a successful career without the obstacle of a child. After an argument with her father, Lyla ran out of a restaurant and was hit by a car. While in the hospital, she gave birth to 1

a son. The last thing she was aware of was the nurses telling her that the baby's heartbeat was falling. She wakes. Her father tells her that her son died. Little did she know, her father forged her signature on the adoption papers. Her baby was fine. Both Louis and Lyla gave up their musical careers after losing each other, and neither was aware of their son's existence.

Middle: Evan has a very strong faith that if he could learn to play the music he will have a chance to be found by his parents. He believes that they will hear him. So he runs away to New York City. He meets Arthur, a boy who was playing the guitar on a street corner for money. He follows Arthur and is taken in by Maxwell Wallace, a.k.a. "Wizard" (Robin Williams), who houses various orphans and runaways, employing them to play music on the streets and taking a large cut of their tips. Evan immediately proves to be a musical child prodigy. Wizard enlists him and gives him the name "August Rush", convincing him he will be sent back to the orphanage if his real name is ever discovered. Lyla discovers that her son is alive when her father, knowing that he is dying, confesses what actually happened. Lyla immediately sets out to New York to look for her now 12-year-old son. Meanwhile, she begins playing the cello again, having been called back to the New York Philharmonic. At about the same time, Louis reconciles with his band mates. After a raid by the police, Evan takes refuge in a church, where he again impresses with his natural musical talent and is enrolled at the Juilliard School as "August Rush." He proves to be an excellent student, better than the college students there, and a work he composes is chosen to be performed by the New York Philharmonic in Central Park. Unfortunately, Wizard barges into the dressrehearsal and, after Wizard threatens to reveal Evan's real name, Evan reluctantly follows him back to his life of performing music on the streets. Meanwhile, Lyla has discovered her son's name and has decided to stay in New York while searching for him. While there, she decides to resume her cello career. She is then chosen to play in the same concert, which features Evan's piece (under the name "August Rush"). Louis, being mistakenly told that Lyla has left on her honeymoon, also returns to New York to resume playing with his former band. He has a chance meeting with Evan in Washington Square Park and they play music together, although neither knows who the other is.

End: The night of the concert, Evan finally chooses to run from Wizard in favour of performing at his concert. In the meantime, Louis races to the park when he sees Evan's pseudonym along with Lyla's name on a sign billing the concert. Evan conducts his piece, and at its conclusion, when he turns around to see Lyla and Louis standing hand in hand, he knows that he is reunited with his mother and father at last. 2

Specific scenes that was meaningful:

1. I like the introduction of the movie when Evan said, "Sometimes the world tries to knock it out of you. But I believe in music the way that some people believe in fairy tales. I like to imagine that what I hear came from my mother and father. Maybe the notes I hear, are the same ones they heard, the night they met. Maybe that's how they found each other. Maybe that's how they'll find me. I believe that once upon a time, long ago, they heard the music and followed it." August continues and asks us, "Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind... in the air... in the light. It's all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do... is listen." * This movie has spiritual depth, in spite of some of the moral failings in the early scenes. The symbolism woven throughout the whole film is incredible. I was very touched by this little boy Evan who longed to be found. He bravely yet guilelessly set out to quench the hunger of his heart. Im amazed by the faith being showed by Evan, despite all the loneliness and bullying he encountered in the orphanage he proved to be hopeful. Even after 11 years of waiting, he never gave up, he believe hell be meeting his parents soon.

2. That moment when Lyla agreed to play in the concert and consequently Louis resumed playing with his band. * Remember that both parties were in emotional limbo for 11 years. Lyla has regressed to giving music lessons. Louis flounders as he tries to find something in his life to drive him now that he has given up music. It shows that despite all the hardships weve faced, no matter how bitter the past had been, we should move on.

Lesson Learned:
1. You simply have to have faith. That is exactly what the movie is all about. The lesson for me personally: trust, patience, and endurance will get me there. From beginning to end this film exemplifies the quest for truth, faith and love. There are so many little woven intricacies that I can see how someone looking at the film at face value would miss it. The whole movie is written like a piece of music. It is a wonderful movie that I would recommend to any discerning viewer. 2. The affection of love from parents to their child will never die. Filial piety is very evident in this movie. Ive noticed that even though Lyla was compelled to believe in her sons death she always feels like hes around. She feels like her son is calling her. Even though 11 years had passed she still cant forget her son, she loves him so much. In the last part of the movie she was able to discern that it was her son who is conducting the concerto even though she havent meet him in person perhaps thats what they call as lukso ng dugo or mothers instinct. 3

How can I relate this to our subject Child and Adolescent Development?
This story is an example of the passing of the parents genes to their offspring (heredity). But I just wondered, is music something naturally in all of us just waiting for it to be discovered or is it a foreign concept introduced through means of deliberate societal interference (ex. family background) or purely by heredity? In many ways, from my perspective I feel like musical ability is mostly nurtured and has nothing to do with heredity. But when we based on the movie, music is the kind of thing that just occurred to Evan one day. Like he just wake up and it twas like Hey, I know how to play this and that. Im a music genius you-know.Is it really possible that just because your parents are music lover youll be born as a music prodigy? Just as what happen to Evan? I just find it weird how almost every musician started their career through musical education, formal or informal.

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Colinares, Claudette MW 10:30-12:00pm

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