A genuinely beautiful and movie drama about a family of
Irish immigrants struggling to settle in America.
Samantha Morton's hard work in supporting roles previously
is rewarded with a strong lead performance, one which earned her a deserved Best Actress Oscar nomination. She plays the matriarch of the struggling family, married to emotionless Paddy
Considine and mother to their two girls Christy & Ariel. The two Irish girls who play the children are real-life sisters and their performances are quite excellent for two young
actresses, while Djimon Hounsou is also brilliant as their mysterious neighbour who harbours a painful secret. Director/co-writer Jim Sheridan based this film on his own childhood memories
and it's a very special film indeed, with flawless performances and some fine music from Gavin Friday & Maurice Seezer.