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Ewan McGregor and Susan Lynch star in this passionate and true story of James Joyce and his lifelong love Nora Barnacle. On June 10th 1904, walking down Dublin's Nassau Street in his yachting cap and canvas shoes, Joyce met Nora Barnacle a tall, striking, brown haired girl from Galway. He fell in love with her immediately. Sensual, witty, courageous and unwilling to be controlled by anyone, Nora offered Joyce all the qualities he yearned for in a woman. Nora became James Joyce's inspiration and without her, the world would be without his literary legacy.
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Susan Lynch won the best actress award at the Dublin Film Festival for her performance as the earthy muse whose presence is as much a torture as inspiration to Joyce. Ewan McGregor in his first adult leading role proves he has matured as an actor of solid talent and sensitivity beyond juvenile leads. Shot on location in Ireland and Italy, Nora is a small independent film produced by McGregor's production company, Natural Nylon, and likely to be overlooked by most audiences. However, if solid acting, adult story lines, and turn-of-the-century costume biopics are your cup of tea, this film is worthy of its purchase price. The DVD version includes interviews with principal actors and director Pat Murphy.
Nora is Nora Barnacle, a name that to my shame I have always found amusing. From now on I will treat the name with more respect. She was the lover, life-partner and wife to the writer James Joyce. Nora was from Galway and had a straight-forward attitude to life. Joyce was from Dublin, a highly educated young man dedicated to his literary ambitions. The film begins with their meeting in Dublin in 1904 and ends just before Joyce publishes his first major work, Dubliners, in 1914. Some of the story is in a gloomy oppressive guilt-ridden Dublin, some in rural Galway but most of the time is spent in expressive, Italian, sunny Trieste on the Adriatic coast where Joyce was a language teacher, an exile escaping Ireland.
BLOOMSDAY: The film starts with Nora leaving Galway on the train to Dublin, but it really starts a little later when on a Dublin street she first meets James Joyce.Read more ›
I had hoped Joyce's love for Nora might be presented in his own words. No such luck. The scriptwriter, it seems, wasn't going to allow Joyce to intrude on her efforts, more's the pity, so there's little of Joyce's language in the script. Alas. (Compare Huston's use of words in The Dead and the late great Donal McCann's wonderful reading of that final soliloquy) There's nothing to match it in Nora. Not that Joyce had written his masterpieces until later on. Even so, Nora could have mouthed them instead the banal chit-chat and ludicrous humping that passes for passion in all the familiar, cliched bedroom scenes. An embarrassment. Worse, we are obliged to watch Joyce abusing Joyce in a cinema while reading a letter from Nora. For pity sake have pity!
So why did they go to Trieste in the first place? Who knows ? The script doesn't bother explaining in any detail why they make this giant leap into the unknown. Later, Joyce's brother arrives to stay with Nora and Jim. Why? The script doesn't seem to care. Joyce goes to Dublin and opens a cinema. Why? The script fails to elaborate. Nora and Joyce break up and reunite in Dublin. Why? Because he's worse than what she's got? Really? Could you elaborate?Read more ›
From a acting viewpoint Susan Lynch (Nora) acts everyone else under the table; a wide ranging explorations of active and reactive emotions, she steals every scene. Not that the rest of the cast is poor, just not as good.
In terms of storyline is demonstrates how genius can milk and almost drive to destruction their acquaintances and partners.
The pace is very French nineteen eighties with people talking and listening, rare in the movies nowadays where action is de rigeur.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thoughtful, well filmed depiction of a powerful love affair. There is tenderness, humour and visceral tension. Many memorable scenes.Published 1 month ago by Spiritus
I love Ewan McGregor but this was not one of his best movies but if you're a E McG fan you have to have it.Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by jack flash
I enjoyed this film immensely. It tells the love story of James Joyce and Nora Barnacle. It features a wonderful traditional song, Lass of Aughrim, a really haunting melody.Published on 28 April 2010 by M. Payne
Arrived within a week of purchase, it was marked as a 'used' item - but it was in perfect condition.Published on 14 July 2009 by Elaine Kiely