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Nora [DVD] [2000]

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Susan Lynch, Andrew Scott, Vinnie McCabe, Veronica Duffy
  • Directors: Pat Murphy
  • Writers: Pat Murphy, Brenda Maddox, Gerard Stembridge
  • Producers: Ewan McGregor, Bradley Adams, Damon Bryant, Gherardo Pagliei
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059YUL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,316 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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James Joyce (Ewan McGregor) as a young university student finds his spiritual and sexual equal and partner in life in Nora Barnacle (Susan Lynch). Although the class difference is obvious to all but the pair, they fall in love against the advice of his friends who lust after Nora. Joyce convinces Nora to join him in Italy where he has a teaching position. The two begin their lives together living beyond their means, dressing fashionably, and fighting while raising children. Nora is anything but a quiet professor's wife. She is the life force that motivates Joyce. Although one of the major literary talents of the twentieth century, Joyce as McGregor presents him is insecure, neurotic, and insanely jealous. Theirs is a volatile relationship prone to public outbursts and sexual abandon.
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.
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By Mac McAleer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
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This is a film I didn't know existed, on a topic I thought no-one else would be interested in, but it had a well-known actor in the role of Joyce, which encouraged me. Even so, I didn't know what to expect. What I discovered was a little gem, sometimes happy, sometimes sad and sometimes obscene. It will appeal to lovers of the writings of James Joyce, but it could also appeal to anyone interested in a story about a man and a woman and their relationship. Joyce's writing is always there in the background but this film is called Nora, not Jim, and it is above all Nora's story, a large part of which is also Jim's story.

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.
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By A Customer on 8 July 2002
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Because the costumes, sets and actors in this film are so attractive you might be forgiven for expecting Nora to be good. It's not. Nora is a failure and not even a heroic one. It starts off well enough with the young James Joyce (Ewan McGregor) meeting the love of his life, Nora Barnacle, (Susan Lynch) on a Dublin Street in 1904. The film moves at a pace and seems to be gathering momentum when the young couple head off to Trieste and the narrative grinds to a virtual halt. And people talk not very good dialogue. Endlessly. And make love graphically. As though an audience will be interested.
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?
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A superb low key film film which examines the relationship between James Joyce and his wife Nora Barnacle. So often the non celebrity partner of biographical movie is a supporting part; a mirror to the genius. But not in this case.
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.
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