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Show-biz fable 'The Sapphires' clichéd but enjoyable

From left, Chris O’Dowd plays David, Deborah Mailman as Gail, Shari Sebbens as Kay, Jessica Mauboy as Julie, Miranda Tapsell as Cynthia in “The Sapphires.”
From left, Chris O’Dowd plays David, Deborah Mailman as Gail, Shari Sebbens as Kay, Jessica Mauboy as Julie, Miranda Tapsell as Cynthia in “The Sapphires.”
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Some diversions invite comparison more readily than others. Take “The Sapphires,” the most chipper film ever set in Vietnam. Already many have taken it, and liked it. If you enjoyed “Strictly Ballroom” or “The Commitments,” which is to say if you fell for the slightly pushy charms of those show-business fables (one fantasy Australian, the other Irish, though directed by an Englishman), then chances are you’ll go for this true-ish story of an Aborigine singing ...


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