Maureen is an Irishwoman, happily married and living in Germany. Or so she thinks. When her husband dies, she finds that not only had he debts, but was also a bigamist, having had a second ... See full summary »
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 Maureen Lessing
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 Brian Lessing
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 Jamie Becker (as Ben Butler)
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 James Lessing
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Maureen is an Irishwoman, happily married and living in Germany. Or so she thinks. When her husband dies, she finds that not only had he debts, but was also a bigamist, having had a second wife and family in Ireland. Shocked and angry, she travels there to meet the other family. And she learns that they have troubles of their own, the worst of them being that the other woman's young son is suffering from leukemia and a suitable bone marrow donor is urgently needed.

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Interesting story rather drawn out
19 January 2003 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews



Realistic story which maintains interest, though three quarters of an hour could have been cut without much loss. Shown here in one near three hour instalment, the tendency was to come up against almost soap-opera saga, though far less ephimeral in import.

Reasonably good performances crowned by an exceptional Brenda Fricker who more or less saves the day with her steady interpretation; if `her' two adolescent children started off a little weak, their playing improved later on. Lena Stolze was quite convincing in her role.

Apart from that, this is more or less a standard TV production with nothing specific to make it stand out. The car accident on the autobahn was magnificently done. However: the story line makes its impact as you get further into the film, and human emotions become the centre of development in this drama.

Nicely filmed around Dusseldorf, but especially in Dublin and Bray, Eire. The accompanying music is not up to much.


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