Dancing At Lughnasa


(out of 5)

Brian Friel’s stageplay about a family of five Irish sisters living in Donegal comes to the screen with a lot of love but not much purpose. Let yourself get carried away with the excellent performances or wonderful music or maybe just the beautiful scenery, and you’ll have a good enough time without having to notice that the story is too undetectable for its own good. The modern world of industrialization enters a sleepy little village that these women live in without anyone realizing it until it is too late to stop the changes it brings.  is brilliant as the eldest and sternest sister, who makes sure to keep sisters , ,  (Emma’s sister) and  (who won a Tony award for the same role on stage) in line as they explore the scary worlds of men, industry and pagan rituals (i.e. the celebration of the title).  is also wonderful as their missionary brother who has returned from his work in Africa a senile old man.

Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Ferndale Films, Irish Film Board, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Sony Pictures Classics

Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 1998

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s