They Came to Play

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Enlightened amateurism is the theme of this documentary, which explores the hopes and desires of contestants in the Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. The film traces the event itself and the lives of the contestants. Despite their widely disparate backgrounds, the participants are united by their love of music and their chosen instrument, and are so impassioned, they're willing to face the nerve-shattering process of performance and judgement for recognition from their peers.

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  • The proficiency they display at the keyboard is thrilling to see; whatever your own hobby is, you are likely to be awed by how much better these people are at theirs.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A welcome twist on the now-ubiquitous kiddie competition doc.

    August 10, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The only thing amateur about the film are the players, though they are all winners. Meanwhile, They Came to Play inspires in the best documentary fashion.

    July 11, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Delightfully entertaining, heartfelt and inspirational. It will keep you at the edge of your seat while making you cheer, laugh and feel genuinely awestruck by the sheer beauty of each piano performance.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 7.96/10 | Full Review…
  • See this soulful doc about a piano competition and you'll never again think that "amateur" means "less than professional."

    August 5, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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