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Nora (2000)

In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's ... See full summary »

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Pat Murphy

Writers:

Brenda Maddox (based on the biography: written by), Pat Murphy | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Lynch ... Nora Barnacle
Andrew Scott ... Michael Bodkin
Vinnie McCabe Vinnie McCabe ... Uncle Tommy (as Vincent McCabe)
Veronica Duffy Veronica Duffy ... Annie Barnacle
Ewan McGregor ... James Joyce
Aedin Moloney Aedin Moloney ... Eva Joyce
Pauline McLynn ... Miss Kennedy
Neilí Conroy Neilí Conroy ... Maid
Darragh Kelly Darragh Kelly ... Cosgrave
Alan Devine Alan Devine ... Gogarty
Peter McDonald ... Stanislaus Joyce
Paul Hickey ... Curran
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ... Miss Delahunty
Martin Murphy Martin Murphy ... George Russell
Karl Scully Karl Scully ... John McCormack
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Storyline

In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's convinced her to come with him to Trieste, where he has a job with Berlitz. Over time, Nora pulls him through phobias, tolerates his drinking, takes in his brother Stan, and bests Joyce at 'the writin' game' to bring him back to Italy from Dublin where he's gone to open a cinema. But his sexual jealousy threatens the relationship and sends her back to Galway with the children. Is there any way to tame Jim's green-eyed monster? And, will the lad ever get his stories published? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | Italy | Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Нора See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,297, 6 May 2001

Gross USA:

$15,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,120
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It took around four years for producer Ewan McGregor to get this film to the screen. See more »

Quotes

James Joyce: You are my only love.
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Crazy Credits

'Dubliners' was finally published in 1914. James Joyce is recognised as one of the world's great writers. He and Nora spent the rest of their lives together. See more »

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Features Quo Vadis? (1913) See more »

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She is From the Land
Performed by Ewan McGregor
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Molly Blooms
28 April 2000 | by hammy-3See all my reviews

Writer's lives are always a difficult subject for the screen, and even with the wealth of biographical and autobiographical material about James Joyce, he remains no exception. This movie, concentrating on the early part of his relationship with the humorously-monikered Nora barnacle makes a reasonable enough attempt to bring cinematic life to this complex and enigmatic figure.

Ewan McGregor, in the role of Joyce is sometimes a bit too young and sexy to convey his subjects brooding, promethean intensity, but he's certainly more convincing than Bosco Hogan in Joseph Strick's Portrait of an artist. The real star of the film is Susan Lynch, whose earthy sexuality convinces us that she could develop into the Molly Bloom of Ulysses. There's also good support from the actor playing Joyce's more level-headed brother and soi-disant "keeper", Stanislaus.

The movie is often affected by the exaggerated Irishness that seems to blight every movie set in the island, but it doesn't get in the way of the film's verisimilitude too much, with one exception. When Joyce's brother takes his book to an Irish publisher, he is told that "there's something dirty going on" in "The Dead" and this is presented as a uniquely Irish reaction, though in reality Joyce had the same reaction everywhere.

The film is also punctuated by subtle allusions to Joyces work that literati will enjoy picking up, but won't alienate those poor hordes of non-Joyceans too much. At the risk of sounding like a swotty pedant, there's a lot of profane language in the movie, which Joyce maintained he never used in speech, though it serves, if anything to increase the characters' believability.


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