Roseanne McNulty must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene, is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman, whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot), and that a local priest fell tragically in love with her. Written by
Not the tragic, classic romance it could have been
This movie should have been an utter tearjerker from start to finish and it was just nothing. Maybe it's Rooney Mara, who is more like a cold fish than a romantic heroine, maybe it's the direction, which was uninvolving, plodding and workmanlike, and maybe it's just the look of the film, which was colorless and ugly.
I also could not see tiny Mara aging into huge Redgrave, but I could have easily accepted that if the film had engaged me in any way it should have.
There was just no passion in this film at all, and most likely with a different director and a tighter script it would have been a classic tragic love story, instead of just a boring, forgettable waste of time.
I gave it four stars just for the story, but the film really deserves far less.
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