I have seldom been so entertained by such a distinct lack of action in all my life. The film just goes to prove that it is crafty dialogue, a well worked plot and excellent acting that goes to make a wonderful film and not spectacular special effects or wall to wall fight scenes.
The main plot of the winning lottery ticket is superbly crafted by Ian Bannen and David Kelly (who doesn't look a moment different from when he played incompetent builder O'Reilly in Faulty Towers!) and these two wily old dogs concoct their plan to defraud the Irish Lottery, involving the whole village in their madcap scheme.
The sub-plot of the triangular love affair involving pig farmer James Nesbit (for whom greater things awaited after this film) is just sublime in its gentle loveliness and is almost worthy of a film in its own right. Beautifully coupled with the questions over the boy Maurice's parentage and then this itself attached to the young boy's relationship with the village's priest, it is really well executed.
The other supporting characters are fantastic in their own quirkiness
In a way it's a throwback to more innocent times when everyone knew their neighbours and never travelled further than their birthplace.
The humour is not laugh out loud, but the humorous parts are genuinely funny and in many respects more enjoyable for their gentle wit. Mix that with some indisputable touching scenes and the mix really is a winner. Admittedly it does play the "ideal Irish" card pretty heavily and makes out Ireland to be everything us outsiders dream it is, but that said the scenery is stunning (albeit Isle of Mann scenery) and the music fantastic.