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Four Days in July (1984)

A Catholic and a Protestant couple in Northern Ireland have amazing parallels in their lives, despite being either side of the divide.

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Brid Brennan ... Collette
Des McAleer ... Eugene
Paula Hamilton ... Lorraine
... Billy
B.J. Hogg ... Big Billy (as Brian Hogg)
Adrian Gordon ... Little Billy
Shane Connaughton ... Brendan
Eileen Pollock ... Carmel
... Dixie
David Coyle ... Mickey
John Keegan ... Mr. McCoy
John Hewitt ... Mr. Roper
Ann Hasson ... Sister Midwife
Geraldine Lidster ... Child
Stephen Lidster ... Child
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Two couples, one Catholic, one Protestant, exist on two sides of the chasm that is everyday life in Northern Ireland. Both women are expecting babies, both couples tell offbeat stories, both couples get by with what little they have. Yet Mike Leigh allows his actors to show not how much but how little these two couple have in common. "Four Days in July" is wonderful yet scathing look at the turmoil that has engulfed Northern Ireland for generations. Written by Mike Stimler

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One of the lesser Mike Leigh films
15 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Although Leigh has managed frequently to transcend budget and medium constraints, making fantastic TV movies, Four Days In July is not such an addition to his cannon. Instead, Four Days In July is a very protracted character study in which the camera merely observes several characters living in Ireland for four days in July. The actors, as always with Leigh, are fantastic; however, the material is the stuff that real life is made of. This can be interesting, as the neo-realist movement proved; however, this movie has no point or conclusion, but simply rambles on until the running time has expired. Furthermore, the Irish accents were virtually impenetrable at times to me; subtitles would have helped. For die-hard Leigh buffs only; for all others, watch Abigail's Party instead.


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