and Sophie Vavasseur
Out to buy on DVD 22nd September
- Predictable plot
- Too many sickly sweet moments
In Ireland 1953, Desmond Doyle (Brosnan) didn't have the right to bring up
his three children on his own. After his wife had left him the State placed
his two sons and his daughter Evelyn (Vavasseur) into care until Desmond had
gained full employment and a stable home for the children. But even after
he had achieved this, the State still refused to give him his children back
so Desmond's only option was to take the Government to court.
Based on a true story, Desmond Doyle changed Irish Family Law
for the better but it isn't much of an interesting story.
The whole movie is very predictable, which is always the same
with historical fact based dramas but when the journey to that expected ending
conjures up no real surprises along the way then you are left with a decidingly
The performances are fine. Brosnan leaves James Bond behind
and gives a well-acted performance but you still can't help thinking that
he looks too suave and sophisticated to be a painter and decorator. He has
good support from the always-excellent Stephen Rea, Alan Bates and Aidan Quinn
and Julianne Margulies pulls off a good Irish accent as Desmond's love interest.
Young actress Sophie Vavasseur as Evelyn is fine. She is cute but sometimes
you feel that she isn't that natural in front of the camera, as some of her
lines seem to be forced out of her.
The movie suffers from been far too sickly-sweet in parts and
overly predictable in others. The subject matter is interesting but not enough
to constitute a motion picture. . I would have liked to have known more about
the reasons behind these excessively strict family laws other than just washing
over them as part of the Catholic faith and the reason why no one had challenged
this ruling before hand. What we are left with is a film that glosses over
most of the issues it is trying to inform you about, making it very average.
Audio commentary from director Bruce Bereford
and producer/star Pierce Brosnan, 'The Story Behind The Story' featurette,
Behind the scenes footage, Interactive menu & Scene access
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