The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ...
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The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ruthless loan shark to make ends meet. She faces her dismal existence by selling fruits and vegetables at an open air market where she spends time with a best friend who gives her encouragement. Wishing to escape her existence, if only for a short time, she dreams of finding enough money to attend an upcoming Tom Jones concert. She realizes her dream by accepting her first date with a French baker. Her kids pool their money so she can buy a new dress. Of course, eventually the family has to face the loan shark, but this is a movie where obstacles are maybe too easily overcome. Written by
John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hope and humor brighten working-class Ireland in the 60's!
I thoroughly enjoyed this directorial effort by Angelica Huston. Her
acting, as well as that of the actress who plays Marion Monks, was
Left a widow with seven children, Agnes Browne, is undaunted in her spunk
and determination to rise above adversity. Agnes' best friend nearly
the movie with her believable, heartwarming performance as the
down-to-earth, pungently irreverent, Marion Monks.
The children, (all seven of them) never seem like actors. The French
next door also adds flavor as the love interest.
Working-class Ireland in the poor section is seen realistically but with
much more kindness and hope than Frank McCourt's world of Angela's Ashes.
Excellent and underrated film--highly recommended.
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