Based upon a novel by Maeve Binchy that was selected as part of Oprah's Book Club, TARA ROAD is the story of two different women living continents apart. Fifteen-year-old Dale Vine (Christ Jaco Olckers) is tragically killed at his own birthday party while riding a motorbike given to him by his father. Dale's mother, Marilyn (Andie MacCowell), can't cope with the death and goes into a deep depression. She decides she needs to get away and makes a phone call overseas to find out about a possible house switching. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ria Lynch (Olivia Williams) is informed at her son's birthday party that her husband Danny (Iain Glen) is leaving her for his pregnant mistress, Bernadette (Heike Makatsch). Ria is attempting to deal with this news when she receives a phone call from Marilyn. Deciding to take things into her own hands, Ria agrees to the house-switch. She goes to America and Marilyn comes to the house at Tara Road in Ireland. Though separated by thousands of miles, the women become connected as they bond with each other's friends and family, learning the secrets that each one holds, and gaining strength from the kindness of their new surroundings and the strangers that become friends.
TARA ROAD is a chick-flick without much romance. Marilyn goes to Ireland to figure out her life and falls more in love with her husband. Meanwhile, Ria comes to America and realizes what a jerk her husband has been. The movie doesn't offer any deep messages really and isn't a tear-jerker. It can best be described as an "adult coming of age story". The acting is solid across the bar. It's also incredibly short with a run-time of just over ninety-minutes.
The DVD includes a trailer for the film, an interview with author Maeve Binchy, and some other trailers. The Maeve Binchy interview is rather short, but also informative. As a bit of trivia, you can see Maeve Binchy and her husband in a cameo role as a restaurant patron at the bar where Rose Maria takes Marilyn.
This movie begins with a pair of startling tragedies: a Connecticut woman's son dies at his 15th birthday party, and an Irish woman's husband announces (also at a child's birthday party) that he is leaving her for his pregnant girlfriend. The two women, strangers, decide to swap houses for reasons that are probably clearer in the book. Indeed, there are probably lots of things that are clearer in the book. It really doesn't matter, though, because this movie is a parade of human relationships. … more
Marilyn Vine’s (Andie MacDowell) idyllic life in Connecticut is devastated by the tragic death of her only son Dale during his 15th birthday party. 3,000 miles away, Ria Lynch’s (Olivia Williams) marriage comes to a stunningly abrupt end in Dublin, Ireland, when husband Danny (Iain Glen) reveals that he is leaving her for his pregnant mistress, Bernadette (Heike Makatsch). An accidental phone call brings these two otherwise unrelated women together and, in their mutual need for space and time alone, they agree to a two-month house exchange. In swapping homes, both women slowly find healing and strength through new surroundings and the kindness of others and gradually learn to accept the reality of their changed lives.