“Shine”is the war between David and his parental figures. His father, a controllingman well his wife weak, but he receives help from a woman in Perth and also David’spiano teacher. The movie views the life of DavidHelfgott a young Australian pianist, it seemed as though the father PeterHelfgott was living through his son. A man of which has a strong obsession withwinning and zero tolerance for any failure and/or being disobedient he is acontrolling man. In his teen years he wins the state musical championship andis invited to study in America. Money was raised for both David Helfgott andfamily to join him in the States that the father changes his mind and forbidsDavid to leave and abuses him, father has this idea that David leaving willdestroy the family.
Peter a polish Jew survived the Holocaust. This where hesettles David develops a friendship and support from an old woman named GoogieWithers who helps and encourages him with his music and peruse attending schoolin London at the Royal College of Music, he screams, “you will destroy yourfamily!” David moves to London where his tutor (Cecil Parkes). There he washappy for the first time ever, while performing his Piano Rachmaninoff Pianoconcert No.3, David sadly falls apart.
He is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he receivedelectric shock therapy. David beendiagnosed with schizophrenia, manic-depression, post-traumatic stress disorder.It allows viewers view the mind of man experiencing a breakdown.Recovers to thepoint where he is able to return to Australia, but still rejects his father. Nexthe part focus on his middle-aged man returning back to Australia, where he nowis talking non-sense. His name is forgotten by almost everyone but there is oneperson that is a middle age woman named Gillian who is an astrologer who thetwo meet through a friend towards the end of his restaurant days.
The two fallin love and this is what saves David. For David his pianoplaying comes so naturally to him that it isn’t just a form of art but way ofexpressing himself and his emotions. He overcame mental illness, with the helpof his wife, and returned to performing.