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Dancing at Lughnasa (12-Sep-1998)

Director: Pat O'Connor

Writer: Frank McGuinness

From a play by: Brian Friel

Keywords: Drama, Ireland

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kathy Burke
13-Jun-1964   Nil by Mouth
Michael Gambon
19-Oct-1940   The Singing Detective
Rhys Ifans
22-Jul-1968   Notting Hill
Catherine McCormack
1-Jan-1972   A Sound of Thunder
Meryl Streep
22-Jun-1949   The Deer Hunter


Review by Tina McCarron (posted on 14-Nov-2007)

As yu would expect, the difference in a play script is different, and the film is not always on a parr with the book. Different interpretations are relevant and the film quite explores one 'take' on it. Catherine McCormack deserved a better love interest than rhys ifans in this film. It would have created a gladder attraction seeing as it was the main love story of the film. Personally I felt he should have been attractive and frankly, a bit smarmier. Sophie Thompson was great and her adaptation of the simple girl was very well displayed. Meryl Streep needed to do a little more research/practice on her accent. One minute it was quite corkesque and then sorta galwayish and then popping into dublin before settling the odd word in a donegal dialect. Quite difficult to believe whenever you know the accent. Though a selection of native protagonists may have played the role or understood the role more effectively, nothing can stop Brien Friel's story telling from delegating the existence of changing times in 1930s Donegal. Just like 'Translations' the backdrop is relevant to the times and introduction to technology was less welcome than expected as the factories put the small timers out of business. Very enjoyable film with a range of characters and storylines interwoven to keep you enthralled. Brien Friel seems to interpret the same message in all of his work. Change is not always good, and quite often a major upheavel to the people it is happening to. Right down to Michael the child, this film explores how the Mundy family cope with it. A competent adaptation.

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