'Song One' lowers volume on love to good effect

January 22, 2015 7:42 PM

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The gooey premise of "Song One" would probably make "Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks proud: A young woman develops feelings for a folk musician who is the idol of her comatose brother.

But this quirky film does the unexpected: It pours on the restraint, emphasizing the grit and making the romance as low key as possible. It's an anti-romance romance.

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