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Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown of... See more »

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Kieran Johnson
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Jack
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Seamus
Moira Deady ...
Mrs. Kearney
Susan Almgren ...
Betty
Pauline Hutton ...
Maria
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Nuala
Françoise Graton ...
Old Fiona
Joel Gordon ...
Brian Winters
Alexandra Spunt ...
Female Student
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Female Student
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Chicago Radio DJ
Pat Leavy ...
Woman Farmer
Aiden Condron ...
Bartender
Peadar Lamb ...
Man in Pub
Sean Madden ...
Man in Pub
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Kieran O'Day
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Fiona Flynn
Maria McDermottroe ...
Mrs. Maney
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John Maney
Gina Moxley ...
Widow Flynn
Eamon Morrissey ...
Father Mooney
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Mission Priest
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Eddie Sharp
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Garda Jim
Pat Shortt ...
Garda Ben
John Kavanaugh ...
Liam Finneran
Sheila Flitton ...
Mrs. Madigan
Nevan Finegan ...
Petie Madigan
Oran Finnegan ...
Davey Madigan
Karen Ardiff ...
Young Mrs. Kearney
Michael Byrne ...
Michael Finnegan
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Concepta
Michael West ...
Nosey Nolan
Michael K. DeVaney ...
Young Suitor
Karl Hayden ...
Town Lad
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Town Lad
Kieran Hanrahan ...
Band Leader
Frank O'Dwyer ...
Dance Chaperone
Andrew Bennett ...
Mr. Kearney
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Christy
Brendan Conroy ...
Undertaker
Gary Merrigan ...
Child Finnegan

Directed by

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Paul Quinn

Written by

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Paul Quinn ... ()

Produced by

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Nicolas Clermont ... producer
Kieran Corrigan ... executive producer
Stewart Harding ... co-producer
Philip King ... producer
Sarah Power ... associate producer
Aidan Quinn ... executive producer
Declan Quinn ... executive producer
Paul Quinn ... executive producer
Altman E. Robert ... line producer
Elie Samaha ... executive producer

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Donal Lunny

Cinematography by

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Declan Quinn

Film Editing by

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Glenn Berman

Editorial Department

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Jim Campabanal ... negative cutter (as Jim Campabadal)
Geneviève Duffault ... video post-production coordinator (as Geneviève Dufault)
Marc Lussier ... video colorist
Isabelle Malenfant ... assistant editor
Michel Proulx ... color timer

Casting By

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Rosina Bucci
John Hubbard
Ros Hubbard
Nadia Rona

Production Design by

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Frank Conway

Art Direction by

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Lesley Oakley ... supervising art director
Claude Paré

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Consolata Boyle

Makeup Department

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Fiona Connon ... key makeup artist (as Fiona Cannon)
Jacquie Rahal ... hair stylist: Canada (as Jackie Rahal) / makeup artist: Canada (as Jackie Rahal)
Benjamin Robin ... makeup department head
Denise Watson ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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George Jardon ... post-production supervisor
Christina Kontos ... production manager: Canada (as Tina Kontos)
Jim Kontos ... unit manager: Canada
Maggie Mooney ... production manager
Marie Portelance ... assistant unit manager: Canada

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Tiziana Corvisieri ... trainee assistant director
Sean Griffin ... trainee assistant director
John Hepworth ... third assistant director: Canada
Darren Kotania ... second assistant director: Canada
Lisa Mulcahy ... first assistant director
Maria O'Connor ... third assistant director
Charlotte Somers ... second assistant director
Genevieve Whitfield ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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Brian Bassett ... stagehand
Tommy Bassett ... construction manager
Isabelle Chamberland ... assistant props: Canada
Triona Coen ... stand-by props
Audrey Corr ... assistant props buyer
Noel Coughlan ... stand-by painter
Romek Delmata ... scenic artist (as Romek Delimata)
Monique Dion ... assistant decorator: Canada
Derek Drew ... stand-by carpenter
Gerry Drew ... carpenter
Benoit Fauteux ... swing: Canada
John Fitzgerald ... stagehand
Mick Flood ... property master
Seamus Hallissey ... carpenter
Denis Hamel ... property master: Canada
Martin Hayes ... stand-by carpenter
Bernard Hickie ... assistant dressing props
Eamonn Hill ... carpenter
Eddie Kinsela ... carpenter
Annabel König ... trainee art director
Johanne Latreille ... art department runner: Canada
Carl Lessard ... graphic designer: Canada
Terry Loane ... trainee art director
Louise MacAvin ... assistant art director
Stephen MacAvin ... trainee art director
Peter McCanny ... storyboard artist
Liz Murphy ... scenic artist
Vivion O'Brien ... carpenter
Carmel O'Connor ... props buyer
Des O'Neill ... plasterer
Richard Phelan ... carpenter
Jules Ricard ... head decorator: Canada
Sean Scott ... painter
Guillaume St-Laurent ... swing: Canada
Viviane Vallée ... art department coordinator: Canada
Noel Walsh ... stand-by props
James T. Woods ... signwriter (as Jim Woods)

Sound Department

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François Asselin ... foley recordist
Marc Beaulieu ... boom operator: Canada
Michel B. Bordeleau ... supervising sound editor
Diane Boucher ... adr supervisor
Tim J. Carroll ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gilles Corbeil ... sound mixer: Canada
Michel Descombes ... sound re-recording engineer
Gavin Fernandes ... re-recording mixer
Natalie Fleurant ... adr supervisor / dialogue editor
Marc Gagnon ... sound editor
Paul Gagnon ... re-recording supervisor
Pat Hayes ... adr recordist: Dublin
Ronan Hill ... boom operator
Marie-Pierre Lacombe ... assistant sound editor
Claude Lajeunesse ... assistant adr editor
France Leduc ... assistant sound editor
Simon Lewis ... foley assistant
Sid Lieberman ... foley artist
Sylvie Masse ... sound editor
Mervyn Moore ... production sound mixer
Nikki Moss ... adr supervisor (as Nicky Moss)
Dany Ouellet ... adr recordist
Bruno Ruffolo ... adr recordist
Mark Shnuriwsky ... sound editor

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Aidan Byrne ... special effects crew
Brendan Byrne ... special effects crew
Kevin Byrne ... special effects supervisor
Gerry Farrell ... special effects crew
Pat Redmond ... special effects crew

Stunts

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Bronco McLoughlin ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Claude Beauchamp ... second assistant camera: Canada
Charles Beetz ... best boy: Canada
Pierre Charpentier ... dolly grip: Canada
Fionn Comerford ... camera trainee
Neil Crawford ... rigger
Shane Deasy ... focus puller: second unit
Adrienne Dollard ... clapper loader: second unit
Peter Dorney ... focus puller: second unit / lighting camera operator: second unit
Richie Egan ... crane grip
Tim Fleming ... clapper loader: second unit (as Tim Flemming) / focus puller: second unit
Claude Fortin ... best boy grip: Canada
James Hagan ... clapper loader: second unit
Jonathan Hession ... still photographer
Malcolm Huse ... key grip
Pascal Jones ... rigger
Ciaran Kavanagh ... a camera focus puller
J.J. Keeley ... lighting technician
Mary Kite ... focus puller
Edward Loveridge ... assistant grip
James Maguire ... gaffer
Nicolas Marion ... first assistant camera: Canada
Peter Mathys ... best boy grip: Canada
Robert Mattigetz ... gaffer: Canada
Davey Mayes ... generator operator (as Davie Mayes)
James McGuire ... gaffer
Ivan Meagher ... focus puller: second unit
Richard Nevin ... electrician
Eoin O'Hagan ... best boy
Yanka Pelletier ... grip: Canada
Mario Roussy ... key grip: Canada
Nick Saunders ... camera operator
Jan Thijs ... still photographer
Alf Tramontin ... steadicam operator
Simon Walsh ... clapper loader
Graeme Haughton ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Henri Aubertin ... costume dresser: Canada
Johanne Baril ... assistant costume: Canada
Blanche-Danielle Boileau ... assistant costume designer: Canada (as Blanche Boileau)
Emma Lock ... wardrobe trainee
Keelin O'Síochain ... wardrobe trainee
Magdalen Rubalcava ... assistant costume designer
Sue Wain ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Pierre Blondin ... location manager: Canada
Leonora Frawley ... trainee location manager
Liz Kenny ... assistant location manager
Dara McClatchie ... location manager

Music Department

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Donal Lunny ... music producer
Tim Martin ... music recordist
Mireille Morin ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Daniel Matthews ... transportation coordinator
Tim Parkinson ... driver

Other crew

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Judd Altman ... stand-in
Marie Beaulieu ... script supervisor: Canada
Karen Bennett ... horse handler
Renee Burke ... script supervisor
Alec Comtois ... production assistant: Canada
Darlene Conte ... voice (as Darlene Kegan)
Mary Corcoran ... assistant production coordinator
Julie Côté ... production secretary: Canada
Johanne Dufour ... production assistant: Canada
Jim Fisherwood ... stand-in
Joy Gilbert ... post-production accountant
Ciara Glennon ... stand-in
Gerry Grennell ... dialogue coach (as Jerry Grenell)
Brendan Gunn ... additional dialogue coach
Renée Hébert ... assistant to producer
Martin Joli-Coeur ... production assistant: Canada (as Martin Jolicoeur)
Stephanie Juaneda ... production coordinator: Canada
Heather MacLean ... office runner: Canada
Bryan MacLeod Oldford ... laboratory supervisor
Tasso Mathiopoulos ... production assistant: Canada
Simon Maxwell ... production runner
Yvonne McDonald ... production coordinator
Susan Drennan Mcgrath ... production trainee (as Susan Drennan)
Bruce Miller ... assistant accountant: Canada
Rita Moloney ... dog handler
Xanda Monteiro ... production trainee (as Xanda Monteiro-Cantwell)
Lili Partheniou ... production accountant: Canada (as Lily Partheniou)
Catriona Quigley ... assistant accountant
Rob Quigley ... production accountant
Brigitte Renaud ... craft service: Canada
Spiro Tsovras ... production assistant
Denis Verrette ... production assistant: Canada

Thanks

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Bill Unger ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown of Kilronan, County Galway, Ireland after he discovers an old photograph of her, she who now cannot speak due to a stroke, with a man he has never seen. He suspects this man may be his biological father. On the urging of his sister, Kieran takes his teen-aged nephew Jack on the trip. In Kilronan, Mrs. Kearney, the innkeeper's mother and a bit of a gypsy woman who has lived in the area for the better part of her life, tells Kieran and Jack about life in the town in 1939 when a high-spirited Fiona Flynn, Kieran's mother, started seeing a peat farmer named Kieran O'Day. Kieran O'Day grew up a "poorhouse bastard", and as such he was always shy and considered an outsider amongst the townsfolk. Because of his standing in the community and the differences in their ages (she being only seventeen, he in his thirties), Fiona and Kieran's relationship was looked down upon by those considered the upstanding in town, including Fiona's widowed mother, Mary Flynn, and those associated with the church. Mrs. Kearney slowly tells the entire story of Kieran and Fiona's relationship, the tragedy that prevented their love for not being enough to endure the scrutiny, the stories of the "curses" that befell the Flynn family, and the truth behind the person Kieran Johnson knew as his father. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A Journey Of The Heart. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'histoire de mon père (Canada, French title)
  • Un viaje desde el corazón (Spain)
  • Η αποκάλυψη (Greece)
  • I apokalypsi (Greece)
  • Quem É o Meu Pai? (Portugal)
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  • 119 min
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Trivia Last cinema film of Donal Donnelly. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Mummy/The Castle/This Is My Father/A Midsummer Night's Dream/Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Garbo's Jam See more »
Quotes Kieran O'Day: Yes father.
Father Quinn: How often have you done this?
Kieran O'Day: Ogh.
Father Quinn: More times than you can recall?
Kieran O'Day: I'm afraid so father.
Father Quinn: What do you think about when you touch yourself?
[pause]
Father Quinn: Do you think about men?
Kieran O'Day: Men? No father I think about a girl.
Father Quinn: How old is she?
Kieran O'Day: ogh about seventeen
Father Quinn: That is a child. You are a grown man. Stop it. what do you imagine doing with this child?
Kieran O'Day: Just, just kissing
Father Quinn: where do you imagine kissing, this
[pause]
Father Quinn: child?
Kieran O'Day: [pause] Where? The, the face.
Father Quinn: The face?
Kieran O'Day: I mean, I mean the lips like.
Father Quinn: Have you touched her? Has she touched you?
Kieran O'Day: Well, we, we've kissed.
Father Quinn: So. Are you fornicating with her?
Kieran O'Day: Oh God no. father. No.
Father Quinn: But you want to. You've thought about it?
Kieran O'Day: I want to marry her father.
Father Quinn: Marry her?
Kieran O'Day: Igh.
Father Quinn: You are putting this child's immortal soul in danger. Do you want to be responsible for this? You must pray when these thoughts arise. You must be stronger than her desire. Now for your penance, I want you to say three decades of the rosary every day for two weeks and do not see this girl again. Is this clear?
Kieran O'Day: Yes father.
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