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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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Andy Vine
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Barney McCarthy
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Rosemary Ryan
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Danny Lynch
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Hubie
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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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Trivia

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 supposedly take place in New England, but include a shot of an Interstate 75 road-sign. I75 goes nowhere near the east coast. See more »

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So bad it is laughable
2 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've read all of Maeve Binchy's books, including Tara Road, and love them all to varying degrees. I enjoyed the film adaptation of 'Circle of Friends', so had hopes for this. I was greatly let down. Key to my disappointment was that I genuinely liked the book. But even standing alone, this film was so bad, it was laughable. I actually stopped watching it 3/4 of the way through. The actors were miscast, the actual acting was poor, the screenplay was badly done. The American characters were regrettable clichés, and the scene where Marilyn's family tragedy occurred was beyond dreadful. This was quite possibly one of the worst movies I've ever seen; it was so bad I thought it had to be a joke. The book was heartwarming and genuine, the movie was the complete opposite. Don't waste your time.


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