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7 May 1999 (USA) See more »
A Journey Of The Heart.
Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Paul Quinn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Quinn 

Produced by
Nicolas Clermont .... producer
Kieran Corrigan .... executive producer
Stewart Harding .... co-producer
Philip King .... producer
Sarah Power .... associate producer
Aidan Quinn .... executive producer
Declan Quinn .... executive producer
Paul Quinn .... executive producer
Altman E. Robert .... line producer
Elie Samaha .... executive producer
Original Music by
Donal Lunny 
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn 
Film Editing by
Glenn Berman 
Casting by
Rosina Bucci 
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
Nadia Rona 
Production Design by
Frank Conway 
Art Direction by
Lesley Oakley (supervising art director)
Claude Paré 
Costume Design by
Consolata Boyle 
Makeup Department
Fiona Connon .... key makeup artist (as Fiona Cannon)
Jacquie Rahal .... hair stylist: Canada (as Jackie Rahal)
Jacquie Rahal .... makeup artist: Canada (as Jackie Rahal)
Benjamin Robin .... makeup department head
Denise Watson .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
George Jardon .... post-production supervisor
Christina Kontos .... production manager: Canada (as Tina Kontos)
Jim Kontos .... unit manager: Canada
Maggie Mooney .... production manager
Marie Portelance .... assistant unit manager: Canada
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tiziana Corvisieri .... trainee assistant director
Sean Griffin .... trainee assistant director
John Hepworth .... third assistant director: Canada
Darren Kotania .... second assistant director: Canada
Lisa Mulcahy .... first assistant director
Maria O'Connor .... third assistant director
Charlotte Somers .... second assistant director
Genevieve Whitfield .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Brian Bassett .... stagehand
Tommy Bassett .... construction manager
Isabelle Chamberland .... assistant props: Canada
Triona Coen .... stand-by props
Audrey Corr .... assistant props buyer
Noel Coughlan .... stand-by painter
Romek Delmata .... scenic artist (as Romek Delimata)
Monique Dion .... assistant decorator: Canada
Derek Drew .... stand-by carpenter
Gerry Drew .... carpenter
Benoit Fauteux .... swing: Canada
John Fitzgerald .... stagehand
Mick Flood .... property master
Seamus Hallissey .... carpenter
Denis Hamel .... property master: Canada
Martin Hayes .... stand-by carpenter
Bernard Hickie .... assistant dressing props
Eamonn Hill .... carpenter
Eddie Kinsela .... carpenter
Annabel König .... trainee art director
Johanne Latreille .... art department runner: Canada
Carl Lessard .... graphic designer: Canada
Terry Loane .... trainee art director
Louise MacAvin .... assistant art director
Stephen MacAvin .... trainee art director
Peter McCanny .... storyboard artist
Liz Murphy .... scenic artist
Vivion O'Brien .... carpenter
Carmel O'Connor .... props buyer
Des O'Neill .... plasterer
Richard Phelan .... carpenter
Jules Ricard .... head decorator: Canada
Sean Scott .... painter
Guillaume St-Laurent .... swing: Canada
Viviane Vallée .... art department coordinator: Canada
Noel Walsh .... stand-by props
James T. Woods .... signwriter (as Jim Woods)
Sound Department
François Asselin .... foley recordist
Marc Beaulieu .... boom operator: Canada
Michel B. Bordeleau .... supervising sound editor
Diane Boucher .... adr supervisor
Tim J. Carroll .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gilles Corbeil .... sound mixer: Canada
Michel Descombes .... sound re-recording engineer
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Natalie Fleurant .... adr supervisor
Natalie Fleurant .... dialogue editor
Marc Gagnon .... sound editor
Paul Gagnon .... re-recording supervisor
Pat Hayes .... adr recordist: Dublin
Ronan Hill .... boom operator
Marie-Pierre Lacombe .... assistant sound editor
Claude Lajeunesse .... assistant adr editor
France Leduc .... assistant sound editor
Simon Lewis .... foley assistant
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
Sylvie Masse .... sound editor
Mervyn Moore .... production sound mixer
Nikki Moss .... adr supervisor (as Nicky Moss)
Dany Ouellet .... adr recordist
Bruno Ruffolo .... adr recordist
Mark Shnuriwsky .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Aidan Byrne .... special effects crew
Brendan Byrne .... special effects crew
Kevin Byrne .... special effects supervisor
Gerry Farrell .... special effects crew
Pat Redmond .... special effects crew
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Beauchamp .... second assistant camera: Canada
Charles Beetz .... best boy: Canada
Pierre Charpentier .... dolly grip: Canada
Fionn Comerford .... camera trainee
Neil Crawford .... rigger
Shane Deasy .... focus puller: second unit
Adrienne Dollard .... clapper loader: second unit
Peter Dorney .... focus puller: second unit
Peter Dorney .... lighting camera operator: second unit
Richie Egan .... crane grip
Tim Fleming .... clapper loader: second unit (as Tim Flemming)
Tim Fleming .... focus puller: second unit
Claude Fortin .... best boy grip: Canada
James Hagan .... clapper loader: second unit
Jonathan Hession .... still photographer
Malcolm Huse .... key grip
Pascal Jones .... rigger
Ciaran Kavanagh .... a camera focus puller
Mary Kite .... focus puller
Edward Loveridge .... assistant grip
James Maguire .... gaffer
Nicolas Marion .... first assistant camera: Canada
Peter Mathys .... best boy grip: Canada
Robert Mattigetz .... gaffer: Canada
Davie Mayes .... generator operator
James McGuire .... gaffer
Ivan Meagher .... focus puller: second unit
Richard Nevin .... electrician
Eoin O'Hagan .... best boy
Yanka Pelletier .... grip: Canada
Mario Roussy .... key grip: Canada
Nick Saunders .... camera operator
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
Simon Walsh .... clapper loader
Graeme Haughton .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henri Aubertin .... costume dresser: Canada
Johanne Baril .... assistant costume: Canada
Blanche-Danielle Boileau .... assistant costume designer: Canada (as Blanche Boileau)
Emma Lock .... wardrobe trainee
Keelin O'Síochain .... wardrobe trainee
Magdalen Rubalcava .... assistant costume designer
Sue Wain .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jim Campabanal .... negative cutter (as Jim Campabadal)
Geneviève Duffault .... video post-production coordinator (as Geneviève Dufault)
Marc Lussier .... video colorist
Isabelle Malenfant .... assistant editor
Michel Proulx .... color timer
Music Department
Donal Lunny .... music producer
Tim Martin .... music recordist
Mireille Morin .... music editor
Transportation Department
Daniel Matthews .... transportation coordinator
Tim Parkinson .... driver
Other crew
Marie Beaulieu .... script supervisor: Canada
Karen Bennett .... horse handler
Pierre Blondin .... location manager: Canada
Renee Burke .... script supervisor
Alec Comtois .... production assistant: Canada
Mary Corcoran .... assistant production coordinator
Julie Côté .... production secretary: Canada
Susan Drennan .... production trainee
Johanne Dufour .... production assistant: Canada
Jim Fisherwood .... stand-in
Leonora Frawley .... trainee location manager
Joy Gilbert .... post-production accountant
Ciara Glennon .... stand-in
Gerry Grennell .... dialogue coach (as Jerry Grenell)
Brendan Gunn .... additional dialogue coach
Renée Hébert .... assistant to producer
Martin Joli-Coeur .... production assistant: Canada (as Martin Jolicoeur)
Stephanie Juaneda .... production coordinator: Canada
Darlene Kegan .... voice-over
Liz Kenny .... assistant location manager
Heather MacLean .... office runner: Canada
Bryan MacLeod Oldford .... laboratory supervisor
Tasso Mathiopoulos .... production assistant: Canada
Simon Maxwell .... production runner
Dara McClatchie .... location manager
Yvonne McDonald .... production coordinator
Bruce Miller .... assistant accountant: Canada
Rita Moloney .... dog handler
Xanda Monteiro .... production trainee (as Xanda Monteiro-Cantwell)
Lili Partheniou .... production accountant: Canada (as Lily Partheniou)
Catriona Quigley .... assistant accountant
Rob Quigley .... production accountant
Brigitte Renaud .... craft service: Canada
Spiro Tsovras .... production assistant
Denis Verrette .... production assistant: Canada
Bill Unger .... special thanks

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality and brief language
Canada:119 min | Japan:121 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Last cinema film of Donal DonnellySee more »
Kieran O'Day:Yes father.
Father Quinn:How often have you done this?
Kieran O'Day:Ogh.
Father Quinn:More times than you can recall?
Kieran O'Day:I'm afraid so father.
Father Quinn:What do you think about when you touch yourself?
Father Quinn:Do you think about men?
Kieran O'Day:Men? No father I think about a girl.
Father Quinn:How old is she?
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References Camille (1936)See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A trip to Ireland in search of a father, 9 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Paul Quinn, the director of "This is my father", shows a tremendous talent for bringing this fine layered story to the screen. Working on his own screen play, he was obviously the right person to be at the helm of this fine film. It appears that he got a lot of help, not only of his own brothers, but from a lot of well meaning people in this production.

If you haven't watched the film, maybe you should stop reading.

The film focuses on Kieran Johnson, the Chicago schoolteacher, ones encounters at the beginning of the movie with his students. His sick mother, Fiona, is being taken care at home by a daughter, and Kieran helps in his own, limited way. Watching his mother in her sick bed motivates him to go to Ireland in a voyage to discover a part of his life which he never knew.

Upon arrival, accompanied by his nephew, they go to the rural area where his mother rears from. They get to stay at a modest bed and breakfast run by a greedy man. Seamus' old mother holds the key to the mystery surrounding how he came to be born and to know the truth about what happened to his mother. In the process we are taken in flashbacks to another era.

Kieran O'Day, is a young man working in a small farm with the Meaneys. Beautiful Fiona is a local girl living with a widowed mother. It's obvious from the start these two like one another in more ways than meet the eye. The local town is dominated by the ruthless priests that see smut and lewdness in every one in the small town. In fact, most of what derails the lives of all of the people in the story seems to have been caused by the narrow mindedness of the clergy that held such a grip in the Irish society of the time.

Kieran and Fiona eventually realize the love they feel for one another, but fate will come between them in unexpected ways. The film ends in tragedy, as Kieran Johnson gets to know that O'Day was his father and what became of him.

In a lovely sequence, we watch as young Kieran and Fiona make a detour to a nearby beach because the car they've been traveling breaks down. While walking in the beach, they witness as a single engine plane come for a landing near them. They meet the American pilot, Eddie Sharp, a National Geographic photographer, who is taking pictures of Ireland. It's a lovely moment where the would-be-lovers interplay with the stranger and all seem to be at peace. Eddie is responsible for taking the only picture where Kieran and Fiona are seen together. That is the only clue left for their son to go on his search for their past.

The amazing, largely Irish, cast do an outstanding job in recreating the people in the story. Moya Farrelly, the lovely young Fiona, is one of the best things in the film. Aidan Quinn, as Kieran, delivers a good performance in his portrayal of this lonely man of the country who finds love that proves to be fatal. James Caan, as Kieran Johnson, has some good moments, but of course, he is only seen in a few key scenes. John Cusack's contribution as the friendly aviator is one of the highlights of the movie.

The supporting cast makes the film what it is. Colm Meany, Donald Donnelly, Gina Moxley, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea, Moira Deady, among others, are the main reason for watching the movie. Most of them have had better opportunities in other movies, but as an ensemble they respond to Mr. Quinn's direction.

Congratulations to Paul Quinn. We wish him well in whatever project he decides to direct!

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