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 ... See full summary »
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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During the filming of the movie, Anjelica Huston was "arrested" on Dublin's Moore Street. She had been convinced by some of the street stall owners to try doing her sales pitch for real. As a joke someone informed the local beat Garda that there was someone selling on Moore Street without a trader's licence. Not recognizing Anjelica Huston, the officer in question detained her. He saw the funny side of it when it was revealed who she was and what she was doing and let her go. See more »
When the group are are coming out of Clery's department store, the physical bus stops in the distance are still from 1990s. Bus stops were green and oval in shape, whereas in the 60s and 70s they were round and black/cream. 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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