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A many layered piece.
on 17 February 2011
Nothing happens. All of life happens. This is a wonderful adaptation of the James Joyce short story. It beautifully captures the atmosphere of the Epiphany party in turn of the 20th century Dublin. The whole cast are marvellous. I cringed with embarrassment for sad, drunken Freddie, felt great pity for the two elderly, party giving sisters and their niece as they see their way of life begin to fade and held my breath as Gabriel's self image dips as he realises there are things about his wife he has never known. The scene where Greta (Anjelica Huston) comes down the stairs at the end of the party and pauses to listen to a singer in another room is simply haunting.
If you like action movies, give this a miss. If you want to be transported to another time, another life, here's your film