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John Franklin Sawyer,
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
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 »
I do like Maeve Binchy as a writer and liked Circle of Friends so I thought Tara Road might be along those lines but alas it wasn't.
The acting seemed very forced and the characters were just not real at all. I just didn't get the feeling that anyone really believed in the character they were playing. I usually like Andie MacDowel and Stephen Rea but their characters just didn't fit.
And the American scenes were supposed to be set in New England but were filmed in South Africa. Did the producers and director really think we Americans would think that was New England. Come on! It was ludicrous to expect that leap of faith from us.
I would not really recommend this film at all.
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