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The Eclipse (2009)

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In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts.


Conor McPherson


Conor McPherson (screenplay), Billy Roche (story and screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Roche Billy Roche ... Jim Belton
Éanna Hardwicke ... Thomas Farr (as Eanna Hardwicke)
Hannah Lynch Hannah Lynch ... Sarah Farr
Ciarán Hinds ... Michael Farr
Mac Mac ... Ringo the Dog
Avian Egan Avian Egan ... Eleanor Farr
Aidan Quinn ... Nicholas Holden
Hilary O'Shaughnessy Hilary O'Shaughnessy ... TV Interviewer
Jim Norton ... Malachy
Nuala Casey De Backer Nuala Casey De Backer ... Festival Organiser
Sarah Murphy Sarah Murphy ... Festival Volunteer
Iben Hjejle ... Lena Morrell
Mia Quinn Mia Quinn ... Ghost Girl
Declan Nash Declan Nash ... Man in Hotel Bar
Valerie Spelman ... Jenny Sewell


Having lost his beloved wife to cancer, the dejected widower and father of two, Michael Farr, is still struggling to find his feet in the Irish seaport town of Cobh. To keep his mind occupied, Michael volunteers for the picturesque town's annual literary festival, transporting famous authors such as the self-centred American novelist, Nicholas Holden, and the quiet British ghost-story writer, Lena Morelle, to various events. Once, those two polar opposites had a meaningless fling; however--even though Nicholas is still eager to pick up where they left off--more and more, Lena finds herself attracted to the sombre Michael, whose father-in-law's eerie ghost haunts him in the dead of night. Is this dreadful apparition a tangible manifestation created by a wounded soul? Written by Nick Riganas

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widower | ghost | novelist | irish | kiss | See All (48) »


If there is life after death - love lives on


Drama | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Simple, poignant, very real and very beautiful
22 October 2011 | by fkkembleSee all my reviews

There is a real magic in this film and I loved the pace and the charming simplicity. It's also unstintingly Irish and you feel that you are there in the thick of it all. I live in Canada but have been to Ireland twice and find the country to be full of intriguing paradoxes and ironies and quiet humour. You get a real feel for this in the film. I thought all three main actors were just brilliant especially Ciaran Hinds who played the part so naturally and so beautifully. I take my hat off to Aidan Quinn too who was a real sport and did an amazing job, Iben Hjejle was also great not to mention extremely attractive. In a film world constipated with so much doggerel, remakes and American action and teen movies, it makes a terrific change to see a movie that is refreshing and intelligent. The Irish, Australians and especially the British have a way with movie making that is so far and above the crap that comes from the US. Well done all who worked on The Eclipse, you should be proud.

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Release Date:

15 April 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Oliki ekleipsi See more »

Filming Locations:

Cobh, County Cork, Ireland


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,207, 28 March 2010

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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