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I Could Read The Sky [DVD] [2000]

Dermot Healy , Stephen Rae , Nichola Bruce    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: Dermot Healy, Stephen Rae, Brendan Coyle, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jake Williams (II)
  • Directors: Nichola Bruce
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00009KOZL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,564 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Adapted by Nichola Bruce from the acclaimed photographic novel by Timothy O’Grady and Steve Pyke, I Could Read the Sky is a haunting and lyrical film about identity, love, loss and the isolation and loneliness of the immigrant. Dermot Healy movingly portrays a man reflecting upon his life, from his rural upbringing on the west coast of Ireland to his journey to London and experiences in the vividly modern metropolis. Driven by a dynamic music soundtrack that draws from both environments, the film is a labrynthine, visually extraordinary journey into the textures, fragments, details and layers of one man’s life and memories.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not available for a reasonable price.. 17 April 2013
I have read the book, and enjoyed the soundtrack - even seen snippets on youtube : and it looks beautiful. As the son of Irish immigrants who came over from Mayo in the late forties I find the fragments I know moving and fascinating....why (oh why?) can I not get this for a tenner (or thereabouts)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Could Read The Sky' 27 April 2009
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This is a beautifully realised film about the reminiscenses of an Irish labourer living in London. Inspired by the book of the same name, (a story told in pictures), Director Nicola Bruce creates a claustrophobic atmosphere as the old man tells his tale from his tiny bedsit, of his isoation, loss and loneliness. The man is portrayed with great sensitivity by poet Dermot Healy, whose rythms of speech help form the character & the pace of the film. Stephen Rae makes an appearance, as does Sean Nos singer iarla O'Lionaird.
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