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Sensation (2010)

A naive young Irishman starts a relationship with a sexy call girl; and together they hatch a plan to open a brothel using the proceeds from the farm he recently inherited.


Tom Hall


Tom Hall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Domhnall Gleeson ... Donal
Patrick Ryan ... Karl
Luanne Gordon Luanne Gordon ... Courtney / Kim
Marie O'Neill Marie O'Neill ... Marie
Owen Roe ... Liam
Kelly Campbell ... Melanie
Lalor Roddy ... Mossy
Karen Scully Karen Scully ... Waitress
Gemma Mae Halligan Gemma Mae Halligan ... Orla
John Kelly John Kelly ... RTC Instructor
Shadaan Felfeli Shadaan Felfeli ... Ahmed
Brendan McCormack ... Ronan Burke / Garda
Eleanor Methven Eleanor Methven ... Rosemary
Tracy Anne Green Tracy Anne Green ... Monica (as Tracy Green)
Madalina Alexe Madalina Alexe ... Alicia


Donal is twenty-six years old and lives on a remote farm in Tipperary with his aging dad. His best friend is Karl, a slobby security guard who hangs out on the farm when he has no place better to do. Donal is too shy and has never had a girlfriend, though he has a large stash of tattered porn magazines he hides in a field away from his father. When his dad dies unexpectedly, he considers getting out of farming, and decides to treat himself to a visit from a prostitute. Kim, a New Zealand expatriate who uses the professional name "Courtney," quickly relieves his virginity, and when she mentions her desire to set up an escort service, he's eager to help, knowing he's not the only lonely farmer in Tipperary. He begins selling off his livestock to finance Kim's new project and gives her some more business besides. As the business becomes a success, he develops something resembling confidence and even works up the nerve to ask the pretty check out girl at the local market on a date. But ... Written by Jason Buchanan

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Interesting plot on paper disappoints on screen, dialect leaves too much guess work
1 February 2011 | by JvH48See all my reviews

The promised story, as worded in the film announcement, looked interesting. Pity is that I found the pace in which it developed, unbalanced. It had a slow start by showing some redundant scenes, while conversely we had several pieces of essential information later on that were treated too sketchy.

The actual story as it enfolded, was riddled with accidental events and encounters, to the extent that it was hard to believe that this could happen in the real world. Even in a book (comic or prose) such a series of events would seem far-fetched. Maybe there is some context that I missed?? All too predictable were the emotional reactions of the main characters, so that did not rescue the story either.

Finally, I had big problems with the language (dialect). Though considering myself reasonably fluent in English, I missed a lot due to the dialect used. I don't think this is acceptable for presentation to an international audience.

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4 November 2011 (Ireland) See more »

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County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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