Tara Road

Tara Road

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Director: Gillies MacKinnon

Cast: Andie MacDowell, Olivia Williams, Stephen Rea

     
 
Andie MacDowell, Olivia Williams, and Stephen Rae star in this bittersweet tale of two grieving women connected by an accidental phone call. Connecticut mother Marilyn Vine (MacDowell) has always lived a charmed life, so when her adolescent son Dale suddenly dies while celebrating his fifteenth birthday the tragedy of her loss is almost too powerful to bear. 3000

Overview

Andie MacDowell, Olivia Williams, and Stephen Rae star in this bittersweet tale of two grieving women connected by an accidental phone call. Connecticut mother Marilyn Vine (MacDowell) has always lived a charmed life, so when her adolescent son Dale suddenly dies while celebrating his fifteenth birthday the tragedy of her loss is almost too powerful to bear. 3000 miles away in Dublin, Ireland, Ria Lynch (Olivia Williams) finds her marriage to longtime husband Danny (Iain Glen) coming to an unexpected in when Danny reveals that he is divorcing her to set up home with his pregnant mistress Bernadette (Heike Makatsch). When fate delivers the telephone call that connects these two women, both at a crucial turning point in their lives, Marilyn and Ria both agree to a two-month house exchange that could provide them with the space and down time to move beyond the pain that threatens to consume them. As both women grow increasingly accustomed to their new environments, the kindness of strangers and opportunity for reflection provides them both with the courage to face their changed lives with a newfound sense of hope.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
UPC:
0687797120298
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG
Source:
Alchemy / Millennium
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed captioning; Spanish subtitles; Interview with Maeve Binchy; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andie MacDowell Marilyn Vine
Olivia Williams Ria Lynch
Stephen Rea Actor
Iain Glen Danny
Jean-Marc Barr Actor
Brenda Fricker Actor
Heike Makatsch Bernadette
Ruby Wax Actor
Maria Doyle Kennedy Actor

Technical Credits
Gillies MacKinnon Director
James Atherton Executive Producer
Chris Auty Executive Producer
Jürgen Biefang Executive Producer
Miron Blumenthal Producer
Pia Di Ciaula Editor
Cynthia Cidre Screenwriter
Shane Connaughton Screenwriter
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Bill Godfrey Executive Producer
Michael Henry Executive Producer
Norman Humphrey Executive Producer
John Keane Score Composer
Herbert G. Kloiber Executive Producer
Brendan McCarthy Executive Producer
Frank Moiselle Casting
Nuala Moiselle Casting
Lorna Mugan Costumes/Costume Designer
Annemarie Naughton Executive Producer
Noel Pearson Producer
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Derek Wallace Production Designer
Mark Woods Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tara Road
1. Main Titles [3:19]
2. Birthday [9:26]
3. Bernadette [10:29]
4. Goodbye House [9:37]
5. Diving [10:37]
6. Lost Appetite [8:10]
7. No Harm Intended [10:21]
8. Under Her Nose [9:35]
9. Apology [8:55]
10. Run a Mile [8:31]
11. Welcome Home [8:06]
12. End Credits [3:31]

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Tara Road 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TARA ROAD is a thickly populated movie that reaches for the female audience and succeeds in addressing old problems of infidelity and marriage conflicts. The problem is the story by highly published Irish author Maeve Binchy (adapted from Binchy's novel for the screen by Cynthia Cidre) is 'used goods' and while there are many moments of touching dialog there are equal moments of sham resolutions that in the end prove disappointing despite the cast of actors portraying these only occasionally interesting characters. Two women, each bruised by life events, trade homes (Dublin, Ireland and Connecticut) to find the space to recover. In Connecticut, Marilyn (Andie MacDowell) is recovering from the accidental motorcycle (a birthday gift from his father Greg - August Zirner) death of her young son: grief has made her withdraw and lose her feelings for Greg. In Dublin, Ireland Ria (Olivia Williams) is blissfully happy in her beautiful home on Tara Road which she shares with her two children and her newly discovered unfaithful husband Danny (Iain Glen) - a lothario who has had affairs with Ria's best friend Rosemary (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and now confesses to the pregnancy of his current mistress Bernadette (Heike Makatsch). In too quick an instance Ria and Marilyn decide to swap homes with the hope that separation form their families will give them room to readjust to life. Each woman encounters the friends and neighbors of the other: Marilyn meets restaurateur Colm (Stephen Rea) among Ria's odd assortment of acquaintances while Ria encounters the brother of Greg and some intrusive and over the top friends of Marilyn. Gradually it all comes to a very predictable conclusion that simply solves too many problems too easily. Director Gillies MacKinnon seems to have difficulty deciding how to maintain a tone for the film - a tearjerker versus a situation comedy. There are moments when the audience connects with some of the characters, but these are too few and separated by far too many stretches of weak writing. Despite some fine acting the movie never quite flies. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago