"Funny, Fiery, sad and simply beautiful"
Running Time: 91 Minutes.
It is the glorious summer of 1936 and Europe is on the verge
of terrible change. In the little village of Ballybeg, County
Donegal, the Mundy sisters await the return of their brother
Jack, a missionary priest now returning to Ireland after
many years in Africa. The youngest sister, Christina has
a little boy Michael, her love child with an irrepressible
travelling salesman called Gerry Evans.
The devoutly Catholic Mundy sisters place the boy Michael
at the centre of their world, a world soon to be turned
upside down by the return of Jack and by the unexpected
arrival of Gerry Evans, on his way to fight the Fascists
The Eden of Ballybeg is changed forever but the memory
of that summer will always haunt Michael.
Meryl Streep: Kate Mundy
Michael Gambon: Father Jack Mundy
Catherine McCormack: Christina Mundy
Kathy Burke: Maggie Mundy
Sophie Thompson: Rose Mundy
Brid Brennan: Agnes Mundy
Rhys Ifans: Gerry Evans
Darrell Johnston: Michael Mundy
Lorcan Cranitch: Danny Bradley
Peter Gowen: Austin Morgan
Dawn Bradfield: Sophie McLoughlin
Marie Mullen: Vera McLoughlin
John Kavanagh: Father Carlin
Kate O'Toole: Chemist
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT. Ronan Farren
"It those Mundy sisters had
lived in the 90's rather than the Thirties they could
have conquered the world"
NEW YORK TIMES (Maeve Binchy)
"Deeply moving a spellbinding
experience, registers all the more powerfully on a
THE IRISH TIMES (Michael Dwyer)
"Poignant and tear-jerking"
"A small but gleaming gem"
"A truly grown up movie, an immaculate cast splendidly
led by Meryl Streep"
FILM NIGHT (Barry Norman)