The Testimony of Taliesin Jones | Chicago Reader

The Testimony of Taliesin Jones

Life lessons are too neatly bundled into this 2000 Welsh drama about an inquisitive 12-year-old (John-Paul Macleod), despondent over the breakup of his parents' marriage, who befriends an old piano teacher (Ian Bannen) and learns how to heal through prayer. The religious skepticism of his family, his schoolmates, and the local priest leads to a crisis of self-doubt, but director Martin Duffy plays down the spiritual element to focus on the boy's gawky handling of his dilemmas. The transparent script is based on a novel by Phidian Brook, its overall blandness enlivened occasionally by Macleod's naturalistic performance, a subtle turn by Jonathan Pryce as the boy's father, and shots of the Welsh countryside. 91 min.

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