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|Mia Farrow||Miss O'Hare|
|Joan Plowright||Mrs. Doyle Counihan|
|Natasha Richardson||Edwina Broome|
|Anne Kent||Miss Grubb|
|Michael James Ford||Rokesby|
|Eileen Colgan||Mrs. Fogerty|
|Marie Conmee||Mrs. Lawless|
|Ingrid Craigie||Mrs. Purdieu|
|Rachel Dowling||Tall Thin Girl|
|Sheila Flitton||Mrs. Mulrooney|
|Clive Geraghty||Garda Super|
|Doreen Keogh||Mrs. Buckley|
|Britta Smith||Mrs. Colgan|
|Leo Austin||Production Designer|
|Consolata Boyle||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Carl Davis||Score Composer|
|Gerry Johnston||Special Effects|
|Peter Lindsay||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Martin O'Malley||Asst. Director|
|Michael White||Executive Producer|
Posted February 29, 2012
I really enjoyed this little mystery/drama, wrapped in a layer of witty humor so typical of the Brits. Apparently the movie was written for television, but I never suspected that while watching it and only learned of its origins while reading online reviews. The movie paints a lush picture of charming village life in 1920s Ireland. The costumes and cinematography are beautiful, the screenplay is driven by dialogue and character, and the cast is excellent.
The quaint village of Kilshannon is unofficially ruled by a bevy of wealthy widows led by Mrs. Doyle-Coonan (Joan Plowright), who believe they represent the town’s moral high ground. Mrs. Doyle-Coonan, a benevolent dictator, spends much of her time keeping a watchful eye on village manners and morals through the lens of her brass telescope. Among those whom she monitors is Widow O'Hare (Mia Farrow), a relative newcomer who, in addition to growing prize roses, has attracted the amorous attentions of the village dentist (Jim Broadbent).
One day, village life is suddenly turned upside down with the arrival of a young and glamorous new widow, Mrs. Edwina Broome (Natasha Richardson), who not only sets her cap for the doyenne's pampered son but is soon at loggerheads with the Widow O'Hare. Not only does Edwina upset the reigning matriarchal hierarchy, but her unexplained feud with Miss O’Hare casts a sinister shroud of mystery over the insular community. Scandalous revelations ensue, leading to a mysterious disappearance suggestive of murder, and culminating in a surprise ending. A very enjoyable twisted tale. This film should appeal to those who enjoyed Enchanted April, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, and Ladies in Lavender.
Posted October 1, 2010
I only got to watch about half of this movie and it quit working. What I saw was fair but probably won't bother returning. I wasn't interested enough to bother with.
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