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I Could Read the Sky (1999)

The film tells of the memories and feeling of loss of an Irish immigrant who eventually winds up doing construction work in the anonymous cities of England.

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Nichola Bruce (as Nichola Bruce)

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Nichola Bruce (as Nicola Bruce), Timothy O'Grady (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Healy Dermot Healy ... The Old Man
Stephen Rea ... P.J.
Brendan Coyle ... Francie
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Maggie
Jake Williams Jake Williams ... Young boy
Roy Larkin Roy Larkin ... Young Joe
Lisa O'Reilly Lisa O'Reilly ... Kate Creevy
Sezzso Sezzso ... Uncle Rosco
Rachael Pilkington Rachael Pilkington ... Young Eileen
Aidan O'Toole Aidan O'Toole ... Dermot
Colm O'Maonlai Colm O'Maonlai ... Martin
Jimmy McGreevy Jimmy McGreevy ... Da
Pat McGrath Pat McGrath ... Farmer Casey
Liam O'Maonlai Liam O'Maonlai ... Joe
Noel O'Donovan Noel O'Donovan ... Tailor
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The film tells of the memories and feeling of loss of an Irish immigrant who eventually winds up doing construction work in the anonymous cities of England.

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UK | Ireland

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (UK) See more »

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Hot Property Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color
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Got me a movie I want you to know, slicing up pigs heads, I want you to know...
25 August 2000 | by hammy-3See all my reviews

This is a beautifully made and passionately felt movie, but a harrowing one to watch. I couldn't decide whether it was the director's intention to make the viewer suffer as much as I did while watching it in order to make us feel the main protagonists pain, or if he just lacks a sense of dramatic tension, but it's such a beautiful film visually that I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

It concerns a man who follows the familiar road from rural Ireland to British building sites. Filmed in a mixture of monologue and POV, it conveys a sense of the alienation and deracination which many people in his position would have felt. At first he seems like a simpleton, but the film's attempts to give him a tragic grandeour aren't entirely successful. The symbolism is often apposite; the scenes of animal slaughter at the beginning give him an earthy quality of which he is robbed by the time he reaches the urban wastelands of the English inner cities where he works.

The film's main weakness is that it's protagonist's monotonous delivery becomes grating after a while. I saw a monologue by African dissident George Serembra that was simaler in many ways to this but was carried by his stylistic variety. By the end of this film I was almost begging the lead character to leave me alone.

For all it's faults, this is a much more honest picture of recent Irish history than most of the Paddywhackery that passes for such in US multiplexes.


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