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A Nightingale Falling (2014)

Set in Ireland during the War of Independence, two sisters lives are changed forever as they care for a wounded soldier. What transpires is a tragic love story of a household and its inhabitants, caught in the crucible of dark deep secrets.


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Credited cast:
Tara Breathnach ... May Collingwood
Muireann Bird ... Tilly Collingwood
... Captain Shearing
... Tom Nolan
Elliot Moriarty ... Jackie Nolan
... Black & Tan
... Mrs. Johnston
Michael James Ford ... Dr.Devlin
Mark Tankersley ... Rev. Johnston
Blathnaid Ryan ... Jeannie Devlin
Maura Clancy ... Mrs. Brady
Derek O'Sullivan ... Soldier 1
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Dermot
Patrick Kelly ... Irish Volunteer


Set in Ireland during the War of Independence, two sisters' lives are changed forever as they care for a wounded soldier in their home. What transpires in this historical period drama, is a tragic love story of an Anglo-Irish household and its inhabitants, caught in the crucible of deep dark secrets. Framed against a backdrop of a turbulent war-torn Ireland in the early1920's, May Collingwood is forced to make critical and difficult decisions when she rescues a British soldier and must now protect herself and sister Tilly. They live in fear of the British Black and Tans, the rising IRA, their own entrapment, and ultimately the dark secrets of un-requited love unfolding from within. Written by Anonymous

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When love is at war.


Drama | History | War


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12 September 2014 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Wenn die Nachtigall fällt - Aus Liebe wird Krieg  »

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Nice Try
9 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

There's nothing that I can point to as being at fault, but think it would've made a better TV adaptation than a full length feature. The setting and period were convincing, and one did get a sense of menace from the situation. The acting was fine. All in all though it just didn't really engage and take off. I never really reached the point of caring very much about the three central characters, and I can't say the acting was totally to blame. I feel the script could've been better, a lot more could've been made of the situation, it didn't lack drama, but didn't really live up to the possibilities, and seemed obvious at times. Its not a bad film, but not a great one either, hence the score.

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