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I Could Read the Sky (1999)

The film tells of the memories and feeling of loss of an Irish immigrant who eventually winds up doing construction work in the anonymous cities of England.

Director:

Nichola Bruce (as Nichola Bruce)

Writers:

Nichola Bruce (as Nicola Bruce), Timothy O'Grady (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Healy Dermot Healy ... The Old Man
Stephen Rea ... P.J.
Brendan Coyle ... Francie
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Maggie
Jake Williams Jake Williams ... Young boy
Roy Larkin Roy Larkin ... Young Joe
Lisa O'Reilly Lisa O'Reilly ... Kate Creevy
Sezzso Sezzso ... Uncle Rosco
Rachael Pilkington Rachael Pilkington ... Young Eileen
Aidan O'Toole Aidan O'Toole ... Dermot
Colm O'Maonlai Colm O'Maonlai ... Martin
Jimmy McGreevy Jimmy McGreevy ... Da
Pat McGrath Pat McGrath ... Farmer Casey
Liam O'Maonlai Liam O'Maonlai ... Joe
Noel O'Donovan Noel O'Donovan ... Tailor
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The film tells of the memories and feeling of loss of an Irish immigrant who eventually winds up doing construction work in the anonymous cities of England.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK | Ireland

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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A film as numbing as its subject.
31 October 2000 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

this solipsistic sludge is littered with cinematic allusion - Murnau, Robert Montgomery, Greenaway, Sirk, Ruiz, Ter(r)ences Malick and Sirk - but, as you would expect from an Irish film, its heart is in literature, the torrential monologue of Molly Bloom, the bleak spurtings of Beckett. The star is even a famous writer, Dermot Healy (his jerky, slashing performancce is the best thing in the film). Like Joyce, the film errs in overrating the complexity of the human brain; at any rate, the synthetic effects, visual treacle and Harp-ad-like music very quickly pall. Then exasperate. Then numb.


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