Based on a true story, the story follows a group made up of four Aboriginal girls who fight against the odds and prejudice to sing for the troops in Vietnam. It has everything you'd want in an Oscar contender -- musical numbers, Important Issues, humor and heart -- but as noted in our review from the Croisette, it sells a lot of things short too. In fact, the opening of this trailer gives you an idea of this, with the "because we're black" comment quickly being scrubbed away by the rejoiner, "it's because you're ugly." Basically, the film brings up a lot of interesting thematic elements but never gives them their due.
However, the one bright spot and perhaps biggest asset to the film is Chris O'Dowd as the group's usually drunken manager. Yes, he's absolutely hilarious in the part but he also shows a great range and depth, and even when the movie isn't working, his presence powers much of it. And we will say that the audience we saw it with in Cannes ate it up.
"The Sapphires" hits TIFF in a couple of weeks, but there's no release date just yet. Check out the trailer below.