Dancing at Lughnasa


Dancing at Lughnasa

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Based on the Brian Friel play, this is a story of the sisters of the Mundy family. The summer of 1936, when the action of DANCING AT LUGHNASA takes place, is beautiful, but Europe is on the verge of terrible change. Through that glorious summer, at the very edge of Europe, in Ballybeg, Donegal, the Mundy family shelter in their small home - five sisters, one brother and Michael, the love child of Christina, the youngest sister. The film is seen through the eyes of the boy. He feels the joy and security of his close-knit clan, but its secrets and sorrows begin to break through. They will tear this world apart. The arrival of Michael's father, a Welsh man, Gerry Evans, on his way to fight for Franco in Spain, unleashes repressed passion. The Eden of Ballybeg is changed forever.

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Meryl Streep
as Kate Mundy
Michael Gambon
as Father Jack Mundy
Catherine McCormack
as Christina Mundy
Kathy Burke
as Maggie Mundy
Sophie Thompson
as Rose Mundy
Brid Brennan
as Agnes Mundy
Rhys Ifans
as Gerry Evans
Darrell Johnston
as Michael Mundy
Lorcan Cranitch
as Danny Bradley
Peter Gowen
as Austin Morgan
Dawn Bradfield
as Sophie McLoughlin
Marie Mullen
as Vera McLoughlin
John Kavanagh
as Father Carlin
Kate O'Toole
as Chemist
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Critic Reviews for Dancing at Lughnasa

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

Audience Reviews for Dancing at Lughnasa

  • Sep 05, 2011
    A strong cast and a a sweet story about sisters in a small Irish town.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2010
    Where is the plot? Out of curiousity I would like to know if there was actually a plot. I saw some interesting and well-done characters, but I never saw them do much of anything, and nothing ever happened. I am thus led to the conclusion that these actors were paid to make characters and talk, but there was never a script written for them to know what to do in a scene. I'm sorry to those of you that liked the movie, but I couldn't find a purpose or a reason to make this film.
    Liz < Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2009
    I never knew this was Brian Friel until I watched it, loved every moment of it, interesting story, with a superb voice over feel to the movie. Great cast for this award winning play, a must see!
    Nikki M Super Reviewer

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