Top Irish Films 2012

 Ondine (2009) Rated PG-13

A fisherman’s life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his nets. As he falls helplessly in love, his daughter comes to believe that the woman is a magical creature.

 Falling for a Dancer (1998) Rated NR

Unattached and pregnant with a dashing actor’s child, 19-year-old Elizabeth avoids a shameful public scandal by marrying a widower she doesn’t love in this made-for-television movie based on the novel by Deirdre Purcell. But is Elizabeth strong enough to endure the pressures of becoming a first-time mother, learning to raise her stepchildren and living on a remote Irish peninsula?

 Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) Rated NR

As political tensions brew in early 1920s Ireland, brothers Damien and Teddy abandon their civilian lives and take up arms to liberate their country from the oppressive “Black and Tan” squads of Britain. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Ken Loach’s provocative drama examines a microcosm of civil war in Cork, Ireland.

 Angela’s Ashes (2000) Rated R

This adaptation of Frank McCourt’s best-selling memoir tells the grim story of the author’s impoverished childhood in 1940s Ireland, a time of devastating deprivation spent alongside starving siblings, a long-suffering mother and an alcoholic father. Emily Watson and Robert Carlysle shine in the pivotal roles of McCourt’s struggling parents in this captivating biographical drama from director Alan Parker.

 Far and Away (1992) Rated PG-13

In Ron Howard’s epic drama, two 19th-century Irish immigrants make the journey to the United States together, but for very different reasons. Joseph Donelly is a poor farmer who’s lost everything, while Shannon Christie is chafing against her privileged but stifling upbringing. Looking for land as they make their way west, they also find love as they endure a series of hardships that strengthens their relationship.

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