Capturing the strange and wistful pursuit of musical sensibilities, some film-makers know how to stir it all together in one tuneful romance by creating compelling story-telling played out along the lines of a composition, with a balance between sweet and tartness to create one solid narrative. While La La Land may have been the most anticipated and acclaimed one of the year, we’ve gathered a few under the radar that would definitely tug at your heartstrings and are worth the cusp of your consideration. – CASA BIANCA
A coming of age story set in Dublin’s youthful heyday in the 80’s, this film follows bedroom musical hero Conor who struggles to survive adolescence in the post-punk era, all while trying to stay afloat in the chaos of trying to escape the attention of the local skinhead and impress enigmatically beautiful would-be model Raphina, which leads to him forming a band with fellow school misfits. Turning the background noise of his life to head-bobbing songs, this uplifting story plays out like a classic spun-sugar coated pop song.
A thoughtful oddity in it’s own right and bridging the gap between cockamamie humor and profound narration, Frank screens as a solid proof that comical surrealism can be delivered in a sincerely moving punchline. Using eccentricity in it’s proper place, the story follows Frank (Michael Fassbender), an offbeat genius beneath all the gigantic papier-mâché head and his journey with his similarly dysfunctional band mates.
God Help The Girl
A conversational film that features a narrative that is as catchy as it’s layers of swinging-60’s medley, God Help The Girl is a light and easy reflection of Stuart Murdoch’s album rendered as a directing debut. This sun-splashed film follows a poetic landscape of awkward romance, mix tapes and thrift stores. Starring triple threat Eve (Emily Browning) as your recovering anorexic pixie, bedsit musician James (Olly Alexander) and kaleidoscopic buoyant Cassie (Hannah Murray) to complete the picture of a cherry flavored trouble.
An indie-rock musical, Once is an unembellished treasure that mirrors the day-to-day sentimentality of real life. Played by a Dublin busker who performs covers for the crowds by day, and lulls the empty sidewalks with his own composition by night. For all those musical skeptics, this film goes the opposite direction of grandeur as it tackles authenticity with a soundtrack that is deeply integrated into the story, it organically immerses you in a realistic narrative.