Little Voice is truly a charming fantasy that spins the tale about a painfully shy young woman and how the power of music can lead to an amazing transformation. Laura, nicknamed LV for Little Voice, is the tale of a reclusive young woman who lives in the shadow of her spiteful, shrew-like mother. LV can really only communicate by mimicking performances by torch singers such as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Shirley Bassey. LV is played by Jane Horrocks, who starred in the British cult sit-com "Absolutely Fabulous". Her mother is played by Brenda Blethyn, who received a very well deserved Academy Award Nomination as Best Supporting Actress. LV spends hours alone in her room playing old records, which she inherited from her beloved late father who shared a fondness for these famous singers. Michael Caine, who received a Best Actor Golden Globe Award for his performance as a sleazy talent agent, discovers the secret of LV's voice and smells money. He hooks up with an equally sleazy nightclub owner played by Jim Broadbent who plans to exploit LV's special talent. Ewan Mcgregor plays a local telephone repair man who also raises pigeons, is really the only character in the movie who seems to honestly care about LV, and tries to communicate with her as much as possible. Horrocks does all of the singing herself and it is truly uncanny the way that she can sound just like her idols. The movie is a vivid adaptation of Jim Cartwright's London play "The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice". All five characters are excellent! It comes off as an odd British fantasy which plays achingly melancholic at times. Overall, however, I found the film totally uplifting! The running time of the film is 97 minutes with not even one minute wasted. It is in Widescreen format and the transfer is excellent! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! SMRZ!!!