Dancing at Lughnasa
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Irish director Pat O'Connor helmed this adaptation of Brian Friel's 1990 play which won three Tony awards in addition to UK Olivier and Evening Standard awards. Friel's portrait of five Irish sisters takes place in 1936 on a Donegal farm. The unmarried Mundy sisters are barely surviving. Middle-aged schoolteacher Kate (Meryl Streep) is the eldest, overseeing pretty Christina (Catherine McCormack), lively Maggie (Kathy Burke, re-creating her Tony award-winning role), reliable Agnes (Brid Brennan), and Rose (Sophie Thompson), who has a secret affair with a married man. Christina is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"Soapy melodrama masquerading as high art."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A deftly structured memory piece as beautifully sad as it is charming."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
"so beautifully captures the details of its time and place and its characters' lives that it's difficult to resist being drawn in."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"[Director] O'Connor exercises both admirable restraint and disciplined editing. The camera's eye brings us painterly beauty in the harsh Irish landscape."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"A meditative film that lyrically affirms the small acts of love, courage, and kindness that knit a family together in the face of hardship and change."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"On stage, the play may have worked, but this movie version doesn't."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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