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'Blinded by the Light' sets uplifting coming-of-age tale to Bruce Springsteen songs

(CNN)Anyone who has sung along to a Bruce Springsteen song will find a lot to like in "Blinded by the Light." But director/co-writer Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham") has much more on her mind in this uplifting tale, which offers a timeless and resonant look at the immigrant experience through the filter of the UK in the 1980s.Inspired by a true story, the film focuses on Javed (Viveik Kalra, in a remarkable performance by a young actor essentially plucked from drama school), the 16-year-old son of Pakistani immigrants chafing under the control of his domineering father (Kulvinder Ghir). Fond of writing poetry, Javed's whole existence is turned upside down when he's introduced to Springsteen's music, as the lyrics pour out of his he ...