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Tara Road (2005)

PG | | Drama | 7 October 2005 (Ireland)
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Two women -- one American, one Irish -- swap houses and alter the course of their lives.

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

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Cynthia Cidre (screenplay), Shane Connaughton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marc Barr ... Andy Vine
Sarah Bolger ... Annie Lynch
John G. Brennan ... Brian Lynch (as Johnny Brennan)
Jennifer Buckley Jennifer Buckley ... Secretary
Virginia Cole Virginia Cole ... Mrs. Doyle
Eileen Colgan Eileen Colgan ... Nora
Alan Devlin Alan Devlin ... Barney McCarthy
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Rosemary Ryan
Enrique Fonseca Enrique Fonseca ... Limo Driver
Jia Francis Jia Francis ... Heidi Franks (as Jia Frances)
Brenda Fricker ... Mona McCarthy
Bronagh Gallagher ... Polly
Iain Glen ... Danny Lynch
James Herrick James Herrick ... Hubie
Bosco Hogan ... Accountant
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Storyline

Two grieving women - Ria, a Dublin mom whose husband discloses he's in love with a woman already pregnant, and Marilyn, a Connecticut Yankee whose son has died - swap houses for a couple months. Marilyn finds solace in Ria's garden and becomes friends with Colm, a local with a restaurant and his own demons. Ria gets a job cooking, has a date or two, and gradually comes out of her shell. Meanwhile, Ria's husband Danny has problems, economic and personal, that may bring more ruin to those close to him. The house on Tara Road comes to stand for the past, for possibilities, and for what can be lost. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes you must lose your life to find a new one...

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprendendo a Viver See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$875,898
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Maeve Binchy, author of the novel on which the movie is based, makes an uncredited cameo as a restaurant patron. She can be glimpsed seated at the end of the bar, right after the scene where Ria offers to take the job advertised at the restaurant cashier's counter. See more »

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The US scenes taking place in New England include bare mesas (bluffs) in the background. The South African filming location reveals itself. See more »

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Referenced in The Making of 'Tara Road' (2005) See more »

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An American Wife and Irish Wife swap Houses and Friends!
19 January 2018 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Andie MacDowell played an American wife, Marilyn Vine, and Olivia Williams played Ria, the Irish wife and mother. Marilyn loses her son tragically on his fifteenth birthday. Her marriage falls apart as well. By chance, Ria and Marilyn connect by telephone and decide to swap houses in Connecticut and Ireland. Marilyn goes to Ireland and tries to heal her devastating loss. Ria goes to Connecticut in America to escape her husband's infidelity with her best friend. I enjoy the supporting cast especially Ruby Wax OBE as Carlotta; Stephen Rea and Brenda Fricker. It is the kind of film made for Lifetime and Hallmark channel. If you enjoyed the novel, you will enjoy the movie adaptation.


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