Kirsten Sheridan's family drama stars Freddie Highmore (Charlie from Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Evan Taylor, a musical prodigy searching for his parents.
When pregnant cellist Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell) was hit by a car, her controlling father and manager (William Sadler) told her she'd lost the baby; in reality she gave birth prematurely and her father sent the infant to an orphanage.
Eleven years later, when Evan finds out that his parents are alive, he sets out to find them, taking inspiration from the music around him.
The heart of the film is Evan's almost mystical ability to 'feel' music, a challenging concept that works, thanks to inventive work by main score composer Mark Mancina.
August Rush also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Evan's rock singer father, and Robin Williams as a modern day Fagin who Evan meets during his search for his family.
(2007) Cert: PG