Agnes Browne (1999)

ANJELICA HUSTON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA/Ireland1999.  Hell’s Kitchen Films, October Films.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel The Mammy by Brendan O’Carroll.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Anjelica Huston, , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Based on Brendan O’Carroll’s novel The Mammy, this lyrically touching film displays Anjelica Huston‘s phenomenal talent as both actor and director. She stars as the title character, an Irish mother who is left to raise seven children when her husband dies. With these kids in her charge, and her own personal well-being to consider, Agnes charges ahead without any fear, aided by her best friend (a fantastic ) and the love of her kids. Not in any way the dour, depressing movie you’d expect it to be, Agnes Browne is buoyed by humour and lots of love, displaying an affection for local Irish life in the sixties and capped with a wonderful -ex-machina plot twist. The scenes with Huston and O’Dwyer and their incredibly enviable friendship are the film’s best, the source of its laughs and greatest poignancy as well.

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