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Tara Road (2005)

Art House & International movie directed by Gillies MacKinnon

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Invite the girls over, break out the hankies

  • Sep 27, 2007
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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. Friends, parents, spouses, romantic partners, business partners, siblings, and all the possible permutations of these relationships are explored.
There is enough plot to make the movie satisfying, and it is a visually rich and beautiful film. The people in the movie are of different ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and physical types. There is plenty of scenery and lovely interiors, but not so much that it overshadows the actors. Thge sound track is very nice, with Irish and American music, and songs selected to suit the plot.
There are touching moments, and thought-provoking ones, and I ended up wanting to go read the book (by the fine Irish storyteller Maeve Binchy) this is based on.

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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 …
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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.
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Director: Gillies MacKinnon
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: First Look Pictures
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