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  • pbtax29 January 2007
    10/10
    superb
    I came across this movie while channel surfing yesterday, and IT IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME. Completely original content, humorous, and thought-provoking without being pretentious. In essence, a highly intelligent (but charmingly despicable) woman confronts divorce, death, the inadequacy of her children, and most powerfully, her grandson with Down Syndrome. It is pleasant enough if you just want to sit back, have a laugh and shed a tear or two. But it would be a shame to miss the observations on the human condition. The film is set in Ireland, but the characters are Anglo-Irish; the perspective and humor is a pleasant mix of Irish and English. No one in the film is "normal", which allows for some wonderful perspectives on each other's condition. The acting is excellent. Conclusion: unless the word is spread, this film will remain an undiscovered gem.
  • Does anybody know where I can find this film to download or Buy please. A friends Daughter appeared in this film. The Film producers didn't even tell her it was released!!! My friend would like a copy of this film as a keepsake Can anybody please help??? My best friend is very dear to my heart and I would do anything for her. So I said I would look into where I could obtain a copy of this film from. Please HELP me and my friend. Neither of us have had chance to see the film in its entirety and would love to see it for sentimental and obvious reasons. Her grandfather is dying and would like to see it before he dies of Cancer. Many Thanks, Darren.
  • Handicapped people is everywhere, physically or psychologically. The depiction of the Down Syndrome kid is lively but not overwrought, and the interaction between him and Dianne Wiest is very moving. Sometimes the line doesn't intend to dramatize but still makes you sob a little. Dianne here gives a great acting consists of neurosis, sensitivity, and tenderness. Her performance is reminiscent of the oppressive character in "I am Sam", also very delicate and persuasive. Handicapped boy is amazingly true to life. The way he talks and frowns is just like real Down Syndrome patients. Also worth mention is the wonderful rural scenes of Ireland.