A Love Divided (1999)

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Based on a true story, A Love Divided chronicles the aftermath of Sheila's (Orla Brady) pledge to send her children to Catholic school. Raised Protestant, Sheila was forced to sign a contract obligating her to bring up her own children as Catholics when she was married into the religion, but years later she decides that no church will dictate the religion chosen for her kids. The dogmatic Father Stafford (Tony Doyle), however, is so relentless in his insistence that her children do, indeed, become Catholics, that Sheila is forced into kidnapping her own family. With both the highest levels of the Irish government and the Vatican after her, the potential consequences of not following the Catholic faith become increasingly surreal. Directed by Sydney Macartney, the film also features Liam Cunningham, Jim Norton, Peter Caffrey, and Brian McGrath. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
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NR
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Art House & International , Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Parallel Films

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Critic Reviews for A Love Divided

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

An Irish drama that's a lot more sly and a lot less straightforward than it appears on the surface.

Full Review… | December 14, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
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Powerful indictment of the lengths human beings will go to to be right.

Full Review… | November 30, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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The drama feels artificially pumped-up.

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Seattle Times
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It's like a PBS version of a movie of the week about child abduction, complete with histrionic, spit-flecked speechifying in quaint Irish brogues.

September 21, 2001
Washington Post
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A cautionary tale of the mischief that can happen when men no longer see their neighbors as human.

September 21, 2001
Washington Post
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The gripping A Love Divided will leave you taking sides, whether or not that was the film's intent.

Full Review… | September 7, 2001
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for A Love Divided

Very good..based on a true story about the control that a Catholic church tried to put on a small town...and sadly succeeded in some ways.

Robin P.
Robin P.
½

It's like a PBS version of a movie of the week about child abduction, complete with histrionic, spit-flecked speechifying in quaint Irish brogues.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A touching movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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