Nora [DVD] 
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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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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. This was the 16 June 1904, a date now known as Bloomsday, the day when Leopold Bloom, the "hero" of Joyce's book Ulysses, wanders around Dublin. To use this date shows Joyce's honouring of Nora, but despite this, living with him must have been a nightmare. He drank to excess; he was insecure, jealous and selfish. He was totally dedicated to his ambitions as a writer, this took priority over relationships and sometimes he manipulated relationships in the cause of his writing. And they were always short of money and had two children to support.
THE FILM successfully balances commercial interest with serious biography. This is demonstrated by the support of the Irish film board, RTE and EU, German and Italian film funding bodies - it was filmed in Ireland, Italy and Germany. The music, which is quite good, is by Stanislaw Syrewicz. Nora is played by Susan Lynch and Joyce by Ewan McGregor. The film lasts a respectable 102 minutes, just over an hour and a half. It is based on the book Nora by Brenda Maddox.
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.
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? Or would that be too much to expect from this mean spirited foul mouthed film. Joyce must be spinning.
Susan Lynch as Nora gives a one note performance. Feisty. There is no depth or subtlety. Shouting passes for acting. Same with McGregor. Humping and yelling. Trying to fool an audience into believing it's drama. And on it goes for almost two tedious hours never matching the pace of the first fifteen minutes, pausing in all the wrong places and showing occasionally the promise of a good movie but never fulfilling it. And we're reminded at the end that Joyce became a great writer. So there. In case you didn't know. Best thing in the film? McGregor and Lynch singing a duet. Pity they didn't make it a musical. Anything would have been better than this self indulgent pap.
On the DVD there is an interview - of sorts - with the leads and with the director. Looking bored with the whole thing. And a short selection of the crew at work (why? to fill up space on the disc?) And a trailer. Wish I could get my money back on this one. Nora is not even a good bad film. Nora is a
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