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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 ... 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 ... Miss Delahunty
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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,297, 6 May 2001
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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

[After the climax of their first date]
Nora: Do you have a hankie, Mr. Joyce?
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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 »

Connections

Features The Colleen Bawn (1911) See more »

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The Star of the County Down
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Actual lives--not a Harlequin romance
21 August 2004 | by Bill BellSee all my reviews

At a superficial level the film is richly evocative of the physical and cultural settings of Dublin, Ireland and Trieste, Italy; and of the strong contrasts between the two places. Dublin's streets are gritty, dark and damp, its people dress in shades of black and grey. Trieste is bright and airy, and people find it natural that rooms should connect via exterior balconies. But unfortunately when James Joyce tried to escape Dublin he carried his Irish neuroses with him in his cases.

Nora Barnacle is hearty, strong, sensuous and highly adaptable. As a biography of her, this film concentrates on the generous support and protection that she gives, and promises to give, to a fearful, complicated man given to outrageous sexual jealousy--James Joyce.

Nora and James might seem poorly matched and perhaps it is the combination of her own jealousy for his letters--and their intense physical relationship--that binds them.

None of us could expect to predict a stable outcome, could we? Yet they lived together for their entire adult lives.


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