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Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

Cast: Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Catherine McCormack, more...
Director: Pat O'Connor
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Irish director Pat O'Connor helmed this adaptation of Brian Friel's 1990 play which won three Tony awards in addition to UK Olivier and Evening Standard awards. Friel's portrait of five Irish sisters takes place in 1936 on a Donegal farm. The unmarried Mundy sisters are barely surviving. Middle-aged schoolteacher Kate (Meryl Streep) is the eldest, overseeing pretty Christina (Catherine McCormack), lively Maggie (Kathy Burke, re-creating her Tony award-winning role), reliable Agnes (Brid Brennan), and Rose (Sophie Thompson), who has a secret affair with a married man. Christina is the mother of eight-year-old Michael (Darrell Johnston), beneficiary of much attention from his four aunts. The story of a turning-point summer is told in retrospect by the adult Michael and begins when the sisters welcome their older brother Jack (Michael Gambon) as he returns home from missionary work in Africa. Michael's father Gerry Evans (Rhys Ifans) makes an unexpected arrival, winning back both Michael and mom before joining the International Brigade to fight Franco in Spain. Kate loses her teaching position, and the sister's income from their handwoven clothing is threatened by the announced opening of a woolens factory. Shown at 1998 fests (Venice, Toronto). ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A little too earnest by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 4:19 PM PDT
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Everyone agrees it was beautifully filmed and acted. For me, though, the five sisters were so hopelessly trapped and depressed that I found it a bit difficult to tell them apart. If it was meant to be a reverie on what a nearly all-female world might be like after all the men are either killed in WWI or run off to find adventure, it was a surprisingly dreary one. The message that kept coming home to me is that life without men must not be worth living -- and that men who won't take care of their households should be horsewhipped.




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