Screenplay: Season 8, Episode 1

Love Lies Bleeding (22 Sep. 1993)

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Conn is an IRA murderer serving a life sentence in an Irish prison. He is given a 24 hour home leave during which he goes from point to point in Belfast looking to revenge his lover's murder.

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Conn Ellis
Élisabeth Bourgine ...
Sophie Allen (as Elizabeth Bourgine)
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Sean Kerrigan
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Thomas Macken
Tony Doyle ...
Geordie Wilson
Robert Patterson ...
Artie Flynn
George Shane ...
Gerry Ellis
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Niall
Emma Jordan ...
Layla
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Alex Mallie
Tim Loane ...
Robinson
James Durrell ...
Frankie
Michael Liebmann ...
Marty (as Michael Liebman)
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Rory McGinn
Margaret D'Arcy ...
Lily
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Conn is an IRA murderer serving a life sentence in an Irish prison. He is given a 24 hour home leave during which he goes from point to point in Belfast looking to revenge his lover's murder.

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Difficult but rewarding
13 January 2000 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

Another dark and gritty film belmed by Michael Winterbottom, this time set in the tangle and poverty of Belfast, not where one would expect this Oxbridge director to appear.

Mark Rylance (Angels & Insects) gives a superb and challenging performance as Conn, a murderer who has served 12 years and is let out for a 24 hr pass to spend with his family. His mind says the political struggle is behind him but he is obsessed with revenge for his lover Laile.

His 24 hr journey goes from Catholic to Orange territory and back and weaves through the infolded divisiveness that is the state of Northern Ireland. But politics is not the issue, nor violence; instead, nothing is simply laid out. The low key speaking voices and the twisting plot make this film difficult to follow at times but its insistence at keeping at Conn's level and avoidance of exploding the issue work to maintain a superior psychological portrait.

Another realist portrait by Winterbottom and another success.


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