ELLE reviews The Sapphires

Chris O'Dowd's charm offensive continues

It was the end of a long, cold and tiring day when team ELLE went to see The Sapphires but cue high drama, big laughs, toe-tapping soul music and a dose of Chris O’Dowd’s patented surly charm and we were feeling much better.

Set in the 60’s, the film follows four Australian Aboriginal women who love music and are desperate to perform to a more receptive audience than their family and hostile community.


The catch? The platform they find is in a war zone as they are sent to Vietnam as girl group, The Sapphires, to entertain the US troops.

Along the way they learn about love, loyalty and friendship against the encroaching backdrop of the conflict.

Chris O’Dowd plays the group’s manager, Dave Lovelace, a hapless, drunk with a big heart and a passion for soul music.

He exudes wonky charisma in every scene, reminding us why we first fell in love with him watching Bridesmaids.

Fun and engaging with a killer soundtrack - see it now for your feel-good fix.

The Sapphires is in cinemas now

Watch the trailer for The Sapphires here

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