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How Harry Became a Tree (2001)

R | | Drama | 1 March 2002 (Italy)
This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who ... See full summary »

Director:

Goran Paskaljevic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Harry
Adrian Dunbar ... George
Cillian Murphy ... Gus
Kerry Condon ... Eileen
Pat Laffan ... Father O'Connor
Gail Fitzpatrick Gail Fitzpatrick ... Margaret
Maighréad Ní Chonghaile Maighréad Ní Chonghaile ... Maeve
Des Braiden ... George's father
Denis Clohessy ... Tim
Sean Clohessy Sean Clohessy ... Sean
Laurie Morton Laurie Morton ... Daisy
Gladys Sheehan Gladys Sheehan ... Maisie
Joseph M. Kelly Joseph M. Kelly ... Photographer
Brendan Morrissey Brendan Morrissey ... Photographer
Helen Norton Helen Norton ... Rosie
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Storyline

This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who not only owns the local pub and most of the businesses in the area, but is also the local matchmaker. When Harry's son Gus(Cillian Murphy) - upon whom Harry regularly heaps abuse (mostly mental and verbal) - falls for the lovely Eileen, George helps get the two together during this time, Harry quietly mobilizes his dastardly plans. Written by Horselove

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | France | UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitter Harvest See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original idea was to set and shoot the film in Sicily, until director Goran Paskaljevic's wife suggested Ireland as a setting, remembering the country from when she had been there as a teenager. See more »

Quotes

Harry: You muist have a strong enemy, son. Otherwise it's too easy to destroy him.
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striking motif of self-destruction
6 January 2002 | by jozsefbiroSee all my reviews

A story capturing my mind: although most of the audience in the cinema were laughing a lot and the two user comments I found in IMDB both claimed it was a funny movie, I found it rather sad. It is about the anger of a man who cannot handle his personal tragedies and decides to challenge the most powerful man in the village with no reason. The events eventually lead to an inevitable tragedy. The striking motif of self-destruction in this movie is similar to the one that exists in the Balkan and beautifully presented in some Kusturica movies, so despite the Irish environment, the director's (Goran Paskaljevic from Serbia) origin is clearly felt.


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