Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa

DVD - 1999
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Five sisters living in Ireland on the brink of World War II must contend with a variety of disrupting family issues while struggling to make ends meet.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen version
Credits: Director of photography, Kenneth MacMillan; production design, Mark Geraghty; editor, Humphrey Dixon; music, Bill Whelan.
Performers: Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Catherine McCormack, Kathy Burke.
Audience: MPAA rating: PG
Language Note: Closed-captioned
In English with English, French and Spanish subtitles
ISBN: 0767821777
UPC: 043396028531
Call Number: DVD D


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Jan 11, 2017

Pat O’Connor’s screen adaptation of Brian Friel’s Tony award-winning stage play recounting one boy’s magical summer in Donegal is undeniably Irish in its heady balance of acerbic wit, homespun warmth, and sense of melancholia which seems to underly everything. Gleaned mainly from a young nephew's memories, O’Connor’s gorgeously visual film frames its family drama in a bucolic setting of green hills and mountain lakes where prim Christianity vies with pagan bacchanals (the harvest feast of Lughnasa—pronounced LOO-na-sa—gives rise to drunken midnight revelries) and every heart seems to be tinged with one form of longing or another whether it’s one sister's ill-fated attraction for a married man, a dying priest's wistful stories of Africa, or the eldest sister's bitter suspicion that the best parts of life are now behind her. But throughout it all the Mundy women yearn to dance—albeit to music from a scratchy old wireless set—and stubbornly refuse to go gently. Anchored by Streep, yet never overshadowed, the supporting cast are superb as they present strong characters that somehow manage to meld into a greater whole without losing their distinct personalities. A simple story whose small moments of pain and abiding love make for captivating cinema.

Jan 21, 2014

The thought of aging and losing control of your life. A child's remembrance of his family,s last summer of joy and how they all go on their different paths of life due to change in their environment. Sad that all of the separate paths ended in despair.

Jul 27, 2013

A movie well worth watching


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