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A teacher meets a woman who turns out to be a thief and they introduce each other to new things.

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Brendan
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Trudy
Marie Mullen ...
Mother
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Nuala
Don Wycherley ...
Niall
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Edgar
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Siobhan
Barry Cassin ...
Headmaster
Niall O'Brien ...
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Lynn
Ali White ...
Mary
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Jack Lynch ...
Conductor
Dr. Stewart ...
Himself
Robert O'Neill ...
Dylan
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A teacher meets a woman who turns out to be a thief and they introduce each other to new things.

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His heart wasn't all she stole . . .

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9 March 2001 (Ireland)  »

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£139,195 (UK) (9 March 2001)

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ESP 13,749,276 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The school scenes were filmed in Blackrock College, Dublin, Kieron J. Walsh's old school. Walsh was not permitted to use the actual school crest in the film, so the dove and lion were flipped in their positions and the real motto, "Fides et robur" (Faith and Strength), was replaced by "C'era una volta il Ociente" (Once Upon a Time In The West). See more »

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Trudy: Ah come on, Brendan, sing us Penis Angelicus.
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Hail Queen Of Heaven
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Performed by members of Our Lady's Choral Society
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A charming and clever film, definitely worth watching.
19 May 2002 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Roddy Doyle is a wonderful author, so it's hardly a surprise that his screenplay would be as charming and interesting as his novels are. Those that liked his Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van) novels or films, will like this as well. Well cast and well written, it was amusing at the right moments, warm at the right moments, awkward at the right moments.

A solitary film buff/choir singer/school teacher meets a woman haphazardly at a pub. After a rocky start they begin to date and fall for each other. A fairly simple basis, but when you throw in the fact that she's a cat burglar it begins to make things more interesting. Part romantic comedy, part road-movie, all Irish charm, the film was well-paced, well-shot and well-acted.

Especially good was Flora Montgomery who played Trudy. She looked 100% comfortable in the role, and added a really vibrant quality to the film.

For criticism, Peter MacDonald was good as Brendan, though at times he seemed a bit stock/cardboard. This is partially due to Flora Montgomery being so good. As well, the dialogue could have used a touch up in certain places, and I was a little put off by the post-script involving his brother-in-law and sister (I won't spoil it, though it's not really important). As well, the film quotes and scene parodies were mostly amusing, but it got to be a bit too much - Doyle being perhaps too clever at times with his writing.

The one thing above all else that I really liked about this film, though, was the plot was never predictable. Many surprising twists of plot and character that made it that much more interesting. Overall: not as good as the Commitments, but really good just the same! 7/10.


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