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This story is set in the "in-between" time of a girl's life, when she is no longer a child and not yet a woman. We open with our heroine, Maeve, putting on her new snow white bra, and ... See full summary »

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Marian Quinn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ailish McCarthy Ailish McCarthy ... Maeve Brennan
Sophie Jo Wasson Sophie Jo Wasson ... Ruth Murray
Orla Long Orla Long ... Orla Kennedy
Riona Smith Riona Smith ... Claire Fox
Shane McDaid Shane McDaid ... Brian Power
Aidan Quinn ... Frank Brennan
Orla Brady ... Jean Brennan
Jared Harris ... Ruth's Father
Jack Kavanagh Jack Kavanagh ... Dessie Brennan
Liam Weir Liam Weir ... Donal Brennan
Meadhbh Ní Dhalaigh Meadhbh Ní Dhalaigh ... Sinead Brennan
Alan O'Neill Alan O'Neill ... Paddy
Lucas Neville Lucas Neville ... Dermot
Glynis Casson Glynis Casson ... Imelda
Patrick FitzGerald Patrick FitzGerald ... Joe Fox
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This story is set in the "in-between" time of a girl's life, when she is no longer a child and not yet a woman. We open with our heroine, Maeve, putting on her new snow white bra, and stepping out into the world as a young woman. She has an obsession with breasts and bras and can't help but stare at other girls and women, even the head nun doesn't escape her gaze. Otherwise, her world revolves around her three friends, Ruth, Claire and Orla, who are more experienced in the ways of the world. They wear bras already (except Claire the feminist) and they've all had boyfriends. The new bra is a start but they really hope Maeve can find a fella, even offering kissing lessons to prepare her. What no one expects, least of all Maeve, is that she should snare the local sixteen-year old heartthrob. Maeve is so smitten with him that she lets her friends down when they need her the most. In trouble with her friends and in school, she gets dumped by the heartthrob when she sneaks into the local ... Written by Tommy Weir

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How does life measure up for a 13-year old girl?

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Ireland | Germany

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English | French

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

32A: It's a Girl Thing See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Budget:

€1,750,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is now used in Higher level and Ordinary level in the English course of the Irish Leaving Certificate in 2011. Also St. Annes park in Raheny was used for the "park" scenes and most of the northside of Dublin was used including Raheny, Dollymount beach, St Paul's College and the greater Raheny area was used within filming. See more »

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A Rubik's cube features prominently. This toy didn't become generally available until the spring of 1980. See more »

Soundtracks

Oliver's Army
Written by Elvis Costello
Performed by Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Courtesy of FBEAT Records
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A charming and realistically brief portrayal of 1970's teenage life in Dublin.
18 September 2013 | by nutwingSee all my reviews

This film brings back memories of Dublin in the late 70's. The actors clothing, the vehicles on the roads and everything else about the film really hit the spot with me. Remember when most of Dublin's cinemas where in town and that's where we all met up? The actors play their parts very well. Maeve gives the right mix of innocence, curiosity and wonder. Her experiences will register with both male and female viewers who can remember that "sweet sixteen" time of their lives. The other actors fill their roles well and without competing for the number one spot. The nosy shopkeeper telling tales to Maeve's Dad is a reminder that in Ireland, someone always knows what you have been up to. Overall, this is a lovely film. It's a charming and realistically brief portrayal of teenage life at the time, and makes a welcome change from action and special effects.


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