This was one of the true gems of 2013 SXSW Film Festival.
The feature, which has nothing to do with the Beach Boys' classic of the same name, is an exceptionally moving love letter to the power of music, set in 1970s Belfast. Think of it as "High Fidelity" amid The Troubles, with a dose of "24 Hour Party People" thrown in for good measure.
"A proper record collection should have a track for every moment," says music lover extraordinaire Terri Hooley (played by Richard Dormer).
The track listing for this particular moment in time is punk rock -- and once Hooley finds it, he devotes his life to it. He goes from being the Good Vibrations record store owner to running a label of the same name, which, in turn, puts both Hooley and the Belfast punk scene on the musical map.
Dormer ("Game of Thrones") is stunning in this film, playing a man who finds meaning in his life through sharing his love of music with others.
If "Good Vibrations" gets a theatrical release in the States, it should be a hit on the indie/art film circuit.
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