Irish Movie ListingI've always loved Irish history and culture - on our trips to Ireland we've enjoyed seeing the beautiful lands which served as backdrops to these fine movies. Of course, we had to dodge the many fake tourist traps along the way! "The Field" pub. "The Quiet Man" Inn. Ah well ...
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Martin Sheen, a writer, returns to Ireland for his father's funeral, and ends up discussing the good and bad of life with his father's ghost, his mother's ghost, 'himself as a child', and even his dog's ghost. In the end, he understands his father better than he had before. It takes place on the coast near Dublin - Dun Laoghaire and Bray - and has scenes from his parent's youth (1900s), his own youth (1920s), and his middle age (1950s). A 'landmark' *grin* - this seems to be the first movie with a fatherless child in the story. This seems to be tradition in Irish film which takes off in a few years, as you’ll read further along in the list.
Dancing At Lughnasa: 1988. Meryl Streep stars as one of five female children in a 1936 rural Irish village. The girls are all unmarried and are trying to cope with their lives and with the changes in society.
Danny Boy: 1984. An Irishman sees a double-murder and tromps across county Armagh to hunt the killer. From the director of the Crying Game.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People: 1959. Sean Connery and Janet Munroe star in this movie about a boastful caretaker who accidentially runs into a group of leprechauns and tricks them into giving him three wishes.
The Dead: 1988. A poignant movie adapted from the James Joyce story by John Huston, this is a tale of a group of friends and family who love music, getting together to celebrate. There are lots of "personalities" - the responsible man, the elderly singer, the pro-independence, zesty young woman. Most funny of all is Colm Meaney appearing in the middle!! He must be in every recent Irish movie. Anjelica Houston is the female lead. The "gaunt house" is located on Usher's Island in the River Liffey.
December Bride (1993) 90m|
Another 'bastard child' story? Who would have thought it of an Irish movie! A young Irish woman in a rural area is tired of life with her religious, widowed mother. She falls for the two brothers they work for, and decides to be with them both. The town is scandalized when she refuses to marry either (or, of course "Name the Father"), and rears the child 'without a surname'. She is disgusted that the minister wants to have her marry just to 'give a smooth surface to everything, even though the insides are botched'. A very good telling; the rough sea and land in Northern Ireland are beautiful.
The Devil's Own: 1997. Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford star in this movie about a young IRA terrorist who is taken in by an unknowing New York policeman. A drama about the choices people make in life.
Disco Pigs - 2001. Two children born at the same time in a Dublin Hospital. The girls, known as Pig and Runt, form an incredibly strong bond that is at once comforting and also restricting.
Divorcing Jack - 1998. A dark comedy about the coming of peace to Northern Island after decades of strife.
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