Bloom (2004)





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On the morning of the 16th June, 1904, Leopold Bloom set out on a journey that was to become one of the greatest tales of the 20th century. Starring Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O'Conor and Patrick Bergin, "Bloom" is an enthralling story of love, loss and lust -- a fantastical adventure into the imaginations and desires of Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom and Molly Bloom.

Rating: R (for sexual content including dialogue)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: James Joyce, Sean Walsh, Rosie Vargas Goldberg
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On DVD: Aug 24, 2004
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as The Citizen

as Mrs. Breen

as Molly Bloom

as Buck Mulligan

as Bella Cohen

as Leopold Bloom

as Blazes Boylan

as Simon Dedalus

as Stephen Dedalus

as Gerty McDowell

as Martin Cunningham

as Young Ruthie

as Bar Friend #1

as Policeman #1

as Social Worker

as Dr. Harris

as Dr. Agrawal

as Lisa as a Baby

as Policeman in Bar

as Policeman #2

as Dr. Dr. Sabbagha

as Policewoman in Bar

as Girl in Classroom

as Dr. Rose

as Ernesto

as Patient in Waiting R...

as Bar Friend #2
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Critic Reviews for Bloom

All Critics (3)

only succeeds in simplifying Ulysses, not extracting meaning or emotion from it

Full Review… | August 2, 2004

Watchable, if not particularly cinematic, and faithful without actually evoking the uniquely literary qualities that have seduced generations of readers.

Full Review… | June 30, 2004
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Full Review… | July 3, 2004
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Bloom

The characters from Joyce's Ulysses are personified in this film.
My sentence-long summary of the film is as it is because the film is so loosely based on Joyce's book that it's hard to call this an adaptation; the characters have the same names and act vaguely like the book's characters, a few of the events are the same, but there are a lot of liberties taken. With a book like , which is the pinnacle of modernism, this is understandable, and in fact, I think Bloom is a very good attempt at an impossible task. The voice overs, which usually amount to lazy story-telling, are appropriate, even though they get somewhat overlong and overbearing, and Angeline Ball is exactly how I imagined Molly Bloom when I read the book so many years ago.
The film's problem is that while it presents these characters, there are no specific goals, no central conflicts, nothing to drive the plot forward. To some degree this comes with the modernist territory, but Joyce's book found little steps to push along the narrative, and the film's focus remains lost.
Overall, is a valiant attempt, but it's no substitute for or even imitation of its source material.

Jim Hunter

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