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Monster (2019)

Arracht (original title)
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Ireland, 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Tom Sullivan (as Tomás Ó Súilleabháin), Tom Sullivan

Writers:

Tom Sullivan (as Tomás Ó Súilleabháin), Tom Sullivan
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Dónall Ó Héalai ... Coleman Sharkey
Saise Ní Chuinn Saise Ní Chuinn ... Kitty
Dara Devaney ... Patsy
Eoin O'Dubhghaill Eoin O'Dubhghaill ... Seán
Dudura O'Gionnáin Dudura O'Gionnáin ... Dónal
Michael O'Chonfhlaola Michael O'Chonfhlaola ... PJ
Siobhán O'Kelly Siobhán O'Kelly ... Áine
Eimear Ní Mháille Eimear Ní Mháille ... Mary
Seán T. Ó Meallaigh ... Séamus
Conal O'Céidigh Conal O'Céidigh ... Dan
Michael McElhatton ... Lieutenant
Elaine O'Dwyer ... Margaret
Elise Brennan ... Kate
Paraic Breathnach Paraic Breathnach ... Fr. Joachin
Peter Coonan ... Bailey
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Ireland, 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars arrives just ahead of 'the blight,' a disease that eventually wipes out the country's potato crop, contributing to the death and displacement of millions. As the crops rot in the fields, Colmán, his brother and Patsy travel to the English Landlord's house to request a stay on rent increases that Colmán predicts will destroy his community. His request falls deaf ears and Patsy's subsequent actions set Colmán on a path that will take him to the edge of survival, and sanity. It is only upon encountering an abandoned young girl that Colmán's resolve is lifted. Just in time for the darkness of his past to pay another visit. Written by Macalla Teoranta

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As a country starves, survival is everything.

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Drama

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Official submission of Ireland for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »

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Good start and end
3 March 2020 | by pwmoores-49444See all my reviews

The first thirty minutes of this film is very good in setting out the core of the story and the concluding ten minutes is also good. However, the middle section is a bit plodding and drags. Overall the film is well acted and very atmospheric. I saw this film at the Glasgow Film Festival.


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Country:

Ireland

Language:

Irish | English

Release Date:

6 November 2020 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Galway, Ireland

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Macalla Teoranta See more »
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