Circle of Friends (1994)
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Set in 1957, this romantic coming-of-age story follows three childhood friends from a small town in Ireland as they head to Dublin to attend Trinity College. Nan (Saffron Burrows), a year older than her friends and already in her second year at Trinity, is ambitious, romantic, and just a bit reckless. She hopes to win the hand of Simon (Colin Firth), an older Protestant land-owner who would help her rise up the social and economic ladder. Eve (Geraldine O'Rawe), a bit more pragmatic and
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Three female friends grow up in a small town in Ireland in the mid-50s and attend college in Dublin in this nostalgic soap opera that's vaguely evocative of Peyton Place, though generally less memorable.
Old-fashioned and nostalgic, Pat O'Connor's nicely directed tale of friendship between three Irish girls features a strong central performance from Minnie Driver that promises a bright future in Hollywood pictures.
The fizzing dialogue gets all the little details right, but the plot's nothing new, and the lingering shots of hibernian greenery aim straight for mid-Atlantic bland-out.
Beyond eliciting warm, animated performances from his actors (with a cast that also includes Alan Cumming as a hair-raising suitor of Benny's), Mr. O'Connor gives Circle of Friends an enveloping look and sound.
Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.
Young Benny has a nice smile, and she and Jack seem like pleasant people, but in the end (and in the beginning and in the middle) it's hard to get worked up about them.
A familiar tale of busty lasses and lusty lads, it's lent extra weight by fine writing and accomplished performances.
Driver, who delivers a piercingly subjective performance, is the linchpin of the film's quiet appeal.
Sweet Irish melodrama, with a hilariously oily performance by Alan Cumming.
Sweet, funny, and full of the charming Minnie Driver.
Definitely in the Masterpiece Theatre tradition; it's soft and safe, but extraordinarily easy to take.
The movie, a self-consciously simple exercise in familiarity, sometimes lapses into complacency.
The big question, will they get together, is resolved too soon in this film, leaving the final half meandering through the Irish countryside.
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