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December Bride

  • Drama
  • 1990
  • Thaddeus O'Sullivan
  • 84 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama set in turn-of-the-20th-century Ireland, starring Saskia Reeves, Donal McCann and Ciaran Hinds. In a remote Presbyterian village, young Sarah and her mother come to work as servants for the close-knit Echlin family. When the two sons, Frank and Hamilton, become rivals for her affections, Sarah's rebellion against her religious upbringing leads to confrontation in the local community.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

On the surface, this is yet another tale of undisclosed paternity from the Emerald Isle. Look deeper and you'll discover a careful and sincere study of the social, political and religious problems that have divided the Irish people throughout the 20th century. Saskia Reeves impresses as the maid whose simultaneous affairs with brothers Donal McCann and Ciaran Hinds scandalise the God-fearing members of an isolated farming community. But what elevates this film, adapted from Sam Hanna Bell's novel, above the average melodrama is French cinematographer Bruno de Keyzer's brooding views of the austere Northern Ireland coastline and director Thaddeus O'Sullivan's adroit avoidance of sensationalism.

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Credits

Cast

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SarahSaskia Reeves
Hamilton EchlinDonal McCann
Frank EchlinCiaran Hinds
SorleysonPatrick Malahide
MarthaBrenda Bruce
FergusMichael McKnight
Young MarthaDervla Kirwan
Young SorleysonPeter Capaldi
Andrew EchlinGeoffrey Golden
AgnesCathleen Delaney
BirdieGabrielle Reidy
VictoriaFrances Lowe
Mother PentlandCatherine Gibson
MollyJulie McDonald
AuctioneerRoy Heaybeard
AndrewKarl Hayden
JoeMiche Doherty

Crew

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DirectorThaddeus O'Sullivan

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Film Institute Ltd
Released on
1991-02-08
Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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