Falling for a Dancer 1998

Ireland 1937.

Adapted for television by the novelist herself, Deirdre Purcell’sFalling for a Dancer is the compelling story of young, well-to-do Elizabeth Sullivan (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh – From Time to Time), who becomes pregnant after a fling with an actor and loses her carefree life forever. In shame, her parents banish her to the remote Beara Peninsula to marry an older, widowed farmer (Dermot Crowley – Babel) with four children of his own.

Youthful dreams of happiness fade away as Elizabeth learns to cope with motherhood and a loveless marriage. Then, at a village dance, in the only escape she has from her harsh existence, a momentary flirtation with Danny (Colin Farrell – Crazy Heart, Miami Vice) ignites a chain of tragic events. Only with insight and her strength of character will Elizabeth ever survive intact.

This film was far better than I expected. What a delight.  I’ve never seen Liam Cunningham better.

 

 

Miss Julie 2014

Miss Julie 2014Miss Julie is a drama film written and directed by Liv Ullmann, based on the play of the same title by August Strindberg and starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. It had its world premiere in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

In 1890, in Fermanagh, during the course of a midsummer night, Julie (Jessica Chastain), the daughter of the Count, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, attempts to seduce her father’s valet, John (Colin Farrell). The affair quickly goes to some dark places, with power and class playing a key role.

Cast:
Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton

 

 

 

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