Tara Road (2005)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  7 October 2005 (Ireland)
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Two women -- one American, one Irish -- swap houses and alter the course of their lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John G. Brennan ...
Brian (as Johnny Brennan)
Jennifer Buckley ...
Virginia Cole ...
Mrs. Doyle
Eileen Colgan ...
Alan Devlin ...
Enrique Fonseca ...
Limo Driver
Jia Francis ...
Heidi (as Jia Frances)


Two grieving women - Ria, a Dublin mom whose husband discloses he's in love with a woman already pregnant, and Marilyn, a Connecticut Yankee whose son has died - swap houses for a couple months. Marilyn finds solace in Ria's garden and becomes friends with Colm, a local with a restaurant and his own demons. Ria gets a job cooking, has a date or two, and gradually comes out of her shell. Meanwhile, Ria's husband Danny has problems, economic and personal, that may bring more ruin to those close to him. The house on Tara Road comes to stand for the past, for possibilities, and for what can be lost. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes you must lose your life to find a new one...



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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2005 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Haus in Irland  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£73,150 (UK) (7 October 2005)


£199,986 (UK) (14 October 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maeve Binchy, author of the novel on which the movie is based, makes an uncredited cameo as a restaurant patron. She can be glimpsed seated at the end of the bar, right after the scene where Ria offers to take the job advertised at the restaurant cashier's counter. See more »


The US scenes taking place in New England include bare mesas (bluffs) in the background. The South African filming location reveals itself. See more »


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It's a good follow-up to the book
15 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think the movie did a good job of "summarizing" the book. I don't think it's possible to develop characters as well on-screen, as in a few hundred pages of paper and ink. A mini-series would have done the book more justice. I can see where it would be possible to see this movie, and be disappointed.

If you've read the book, you'll like the movie. If you don't like to read, get the audio CDs.

This story is a summary of a book with vivid descriptions of places and people. The "mind movie" that resulted from reading the book, pretty much matched what I saw on the screen. The home in New England... well, didn't look like New England.

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