17 June 2004 | mulhollandman
" Less is more " and it works.
I finally saw this film a couple of weeks ago. I had originally wanted to see it on it's release back in 2000, but as luck would have the local cinema didn't bother to get it. They instead opted to get some mainstream thrash that's name I cannot remember. What a pity. I really enjoyed this film from start to finish.
Conor McPherson has proved himself to be one of Ireland's leading modern playwrights with such classics as The Weir and a Dublin Carol. In time to come along with Lance Daly (last days in Dublin)they will prove themselves as two of Ireland's greatest directors knocking Neil Jordan & Jim Sheridan off their artistic position.
The story is a simple one that revolves around a family who run a fish and chip shop in a small Irish town. Their community that surrounds them also plays a vital part in the form of Brendan Gleeson and his nephew. Their is also Conor Mullen's character a philosophy lecturer who is having an affair with one of his students. What follows is one of the most enjoyable Irish films ever to grace our screens.
The script and it's characters is superbly brought to life by a very talented and capable cast whose " Less is more " style of acting makes this film worthwhile. The script does not have a lot going on in it but the acting certainly makes this film in so many ways. There is no over the top performances by any one. The best credit has to go to Laurence Kinlan who steals the show from his more experienced co-stars. Brendan Gleeson does what he usually does and he provides the best performance of all the supporting actors. Also I have to mention the teacher played by Pat Short. He is one of the best portrayals of any any teacher on film or T.V. everything that was said and done brought me back to my school days. Perfect.
I hope to see more films like this one from Conor McPherson. But for those who haven't seen it I urge you all to rent it out or watch it on T.V. because it's one of those classic independents that you'll remember and love