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The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ruthless loan shark to make ends meet. She faces her dismal existence by selling fruits and vegetables at an open air market where she spends time with a best friend who gives her encouragement. Wishing to escape her existence, if only for a short time, she dreams of finding enough money to attend an upcoming Tom Jones concert. She realizes her dream by accepting her first date with a French baker. Her kids pool their money so she can buy a new dress. Of course, eventually the family has to face the loan shark, but this is a movie where obstacles are maybe too easily overcome. Written by
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Brendan O'Carroll, the author of the book on which the film is based, appears throughout the film as the drunk character first at the cemetery he is the man who races into the pub for a pint ahead of the Brown cortège, then he is putting up the Tom Jones posters, then he is on the bridge where Agnes and the Frenchman stop on their date and finally the character who asks who the owner of the fancy car is at the end. See more »
The movie is set in 1967 but the car that Tom Jones uses at the end of the movie to visit Agnes is a 1971 Lincoln Continental. See more »
We're here for a good time, not a long time. And having a friend like you is as good as it gets.
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Hope and humor brighten working-class Ireland in the 60's!
I thoroughly enjoyed this directorial effort by Angelica Huston. Her acting, as well as that of the actress who plays Marion Monks, was outstanding.
Left a widow with seven children, Agnes Browne, is undaunted in her spunk and determination to rise above adversity. Agnes' best friend nearly steals the movie with her believable, heartwarming performance as the down-to-earth, pungently irreverent, Marion Monks.
The children, (all seven of them) never seem like actors. The French baker next door also adds flavor as the love interest.
Working-class Ireland in the poor section is seen realistically but with much more kindness and hope than Frank McCourt's world of Angela's Ashes.
Excellent and underrated film--highly recommended.
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