Nora (2000)

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In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Barnacle
Michael Bodkin
Vinnie McCabe ...
Uncle Tommy (as Vincent McCabe)
Veronica Duffy ...
Annie Barnacle
Eva Joyce
Pauline McLynn ...
Miss Kennedy
Neilí Conroy ...
Darragh Kelly ...
Alan Devine ...
Stanislaus Joyce
Miss Delahunty
Martin Murphy ...
George Russell
Karl Scully ...
John McCormack


In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's convinced her to come with him to Trieste, where he has a job with Berlitz. Over time, Nora pulls him through phobias, tolerates his drinking, takes in his brother Stan, and bests Joyce at 'the writin' game' to bring him back to Italy from Dublin where he's gone to open a cinema. But his sexual jealousy threatens the relationship and sends her back to Galway with the children. Is there any way to tame Jim's green-eyed monster? And, will the lad ever get his stories published? Written by <>

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and related dialogue | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

21 April 2000 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Nora - Dichtung und Leidenschaft  »

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Opening Weekend:

$12,297 (USA) (4 May 2001)


$12,297 (USA) (4 May 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Joyce: You are my only love.
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Crazy Credits

'Dubliners' was finally published in 1914. James Joyce is recognised as one of the world's great writers. He and Nora spent the rest of their lives together. See more »


Features Ireland, a Nation (1914) See more »


She is From the Land
Performed by Ewan McGregor
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A fine film, if a bit confusing
12 October 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

I have to say I was greatly surprised by the extremely low rating average on this film's IMDB listing page--I looked at the demographic breakdown and over half the votes are 5 and above, so how can it possibly be 2.8 average? I had the opportunity to view Nora overseas a couple of weeks ago and I must say I found it compelling, even though its focus confused me a little.

The storyline kind of went into full gear before we got to know the characters, but the performances of Ewan McGregor and Susan Lynch were both top notch. The relationship of James and Nora riveted me to my seat. They fought like dogs, but they were vibrant and passionate souls whose relationship endured all sorts of demons. Nora's soul was bared for the viewer and Susan Lynch made her one of the strongest female characters I can remember by giving Nora vulnerability as well as uncommon emotional strength. McGregor did a great job of helping me sympathize with Joyce, even when he was neurotic and treated his long time love terribly. I wish the beginning of their relationship had been presented more concretely, but McGregor and Lynch hooked me anyway. As it presented the events of their lives, Nora was top notch. Not for anyone who is an afficionado of actions films, that's for sure.

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