Want to watch a feel-good, beautiful and straight-forward movie? Then you might want to see ‘Sunshine on Leith’. Yesterday we went to see a film, just something pleasant to do in the late afternoon. My husband chose the film, I had vaguely heard about this release and had not really read the reviews. The treat was all ahead of us…
I loved this contemporary Scottish film from the very start. Instantly I was there, in magnificent Edinburgh, Scotland, a place I have to agree to being very fond of and strongly identifying with. Never before had I heard the Scottish accent come through so strongly in song but there it was before me and very real. The music had me toe-tapping, the story had me crying and laughing but most of all it made me feel good.
Now dare I say, this film may be critiqued by clever film buffs and the super intelligent precious people of the world as being a tad ordinary…but that’s what I loved about this film. It was about ordinary people in Edinburgh leading ordinary lives. However, there is something very beautiful about putting a suburban story to music and depicting the issues and emotions of a modern-day family. Young men at war, unforeseen relationship difficulties, love and illness are played out in a way that relates to many families across the world today.
I have to admit the Scottish flavour won me, I left the theatre feeling elated and happy and to use an old saying about this film, it simply ‘warmed the cockles of my heart’.