Frank McCourt's superb writing is lovingly captured in a humourous narration that runs throughout the film. The three boys playing Frankie of varying ages are all wonderful, and manage not to get the viewer so deep into pity, but creates a witty, almost ironic look at life in Limerick, which seemed to be the only way the residents at that time could hope to survive. The leads, Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle are both stunning - how Emily Watson coped with portraying so much pain is astounding. And a superbly moving, but simple score by John Williams complements the film perfectly.
One of the great hits of 1999, ANGELA'S ASHES is a must.