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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.

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Cast

Patrick Bergin
as The Citizen
Dearbhla Molloy
as Mrs. Breen
Angeline Ball
as Molly Bloom
Alvaro Lucchesi
as Buck Mulligan
Marian Lennon
as Bella Cohen
Stephen Rea
as Leopold Bloom
Eoin McCarthy
as Blazes Boylan
Alan Devlin
as Simon Dedalus
Hugh O'Conor
as Stephen Dedalus
Rachel Pilkington
as Gerty McDowell
Phelim Drew
as Martin Cunningham
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Critic Reviews for Bloom

All Critics (2)

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

August 2, 2004
Filmcritic.com

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

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
Jim Hunter

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If nothing else, you've got to admire Irish writer/producer Sean Walsh for daring to bring James Joyce's hugely dense epic Ulysses to the silver screen. Unfortunately the behemoth of a book proves just, well, too big

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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