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Tara Road (2005)

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

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Ria
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John G. Brennan ...
Brian (as Johnny Brennan)
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Danny
Jennifer Buckley ...
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Virginia Cole ...
Mrs. Doyle
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Rosemary
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Alan Devlin ...
Barney
Enrique Fonseca ...
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Jia Francis ...
Heidi (as Jia Frances)
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Mona
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Storyline

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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Ein Haus in Irland  »

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£73,150 (UK) (7 October 2005)
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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 »

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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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The good, the bad and the ugly - but gotta love Maeve Binchy!
23 April 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Been really wanting to see this movie and it is just being released in North America now so here is my review...

The good - Anything by Maeve Binchy has to be great. Love her work. Her stories, her characters. Really liked "Danny" - he was just as I had imagined him. Also liked "Colm" and "Mona". Loved the scenery of Dublin and seeing what Tara Road looked like. The house is beautiful. Have always liked Andie McDowell... more on that later. The movie is good if taken on its own merit as a story on its own.

The bad - The characters of Ria, Rosemary and Marilyn were just not right. In the book Ria has curly unruly hair and undergoes more of a transformation in Ireland. Marilyn is supposed to be uptight and with short hair... didn't get that here. Rosemary is supposed to be gorgeous

  • again, not here. Many of the US characters seem more like caricatures


than anything. And Andy Vine looks terrible - why would anyone find him attractive compared to Danny?

The ugly - it just differed from the book too much. The book is great and I wanted to see it put on film. This was different, in the same way Circle of Friends was different. If you are a Maeve Binchy fan you will enjoy seeing this on the screen, but it is not the Tara Road I read and loved.


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