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Tara Road

  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Gillies MacKinnon
  • 96 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Olivia Williams and Andie MacDowell. When a Dublin woman discovers that her husband has a pregnant girlfriend, she decides to swap homes with a grieving American mother whose son has died. Living in new surroundings, the women begin to come to terms with the unhappy lot that life has dealt them.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Andie MacDowell and Olivia Williams add class to a predictable yet engaging drama, playing two women from opposite sides of the Atlantic who swap homes in a bid to escape their problems. While their characters are exaggerated stereotypes - just like everyone else in the film - they enrich the roles with a warmth and poignancy that make the soap opera-style events seem more real. The project's barely a stretch for director Gillies MacKinnon (Small Faces, Hideous Kinky) but he mirrors his leading ladies' proficiency, applying a light touch and striking a balance between humour and serious emotion. As adaptations go, it's superior fluff though fans of Maeve Binchy's source novel might disapprove of the material's over-simplification and easy resolution.

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Credits

Cast

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RiaOlivia Williams
MarilynAndie MacDowell
BrianJohnny Brennan
DannyIain Glen
ColmStephen Rea
Mrs DoyleVirginia Cole
RosemaryMaria Doyle Kennedy
AnnieSarah Bolger
AndyJean-Marc Barr
MonaBrenda Fricker
PollyBronagh Gallagher
CarlottaRuby Wax

Crew

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DirectorGillies MacKinnon

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Contains some swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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