She's always off in the woods having it off with soldiers. The rest talk in poncey accents about her aberrant behavior. Trouble ensues. Filmed lyrically. I enjoyed it because I'm Irish.
I cannot imagine how someone could have given only two stars to this marvelous film. It is one of the best films I have seen in recent years. It follows the novel well. It does not lecture on Ireland's euphemistically termed "time of troubles," but it does use film to vividly suggest those times from the point of view of an English family, son attending Oxford, living and apparently long settled in Ireland at the time, an "Anglo-Irish" family. The style of the film is much in the manner of "Remains of the Day," one of my favorite films of the last 20 years or so. If one doesn't care for that film, it is possible they may not like this one - at least in reference to style. "Remains of the Day" is told through eyes of those a decade or two older, looking back. I don't know if anyone studies specifically Irish history these days, but readers of Joyce or especially Yeats would definitely find the film interesting. Those who found the aesthetic presentation of "Remains of the Day" of interest would definitely appreciate this film, as well. For those who like Keeley Hawes, I would think this is a must-see. The tiny length of film of her dancing is a lovely charm.
PS: I note that there are no reviews, the library has five copies of the film and all of them are checked out, this in spite of the fact that the film was issued in 2011.
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