Irene's Ghost

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IRENE'S GHOST follows a son's search to find the mother he never knew. Iain was three years old when his mother Irene died. His Dad never spoke about it, and the family silence around Irene meant that she was alive only in Iain's imagination, as a thistle seed or in the image of the moon. Later in life, the birth of his own child inspires a journey to discover the truth about Irene, piercing together fragments of the past to make sense of the present.


Critic Reviews for Irene's Ghost

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

  • It's a slight film, yet profound.

    May 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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  • A haunting mix of documentary and animation in which British filmmaker Iain Cunningham turns detective to piece together the life story of his mother, who died before he could form any lasting memories of her.

    May 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While the filming and talking-heads approach is fairly staple, it's the tone of the movie... that is most impressive and allows us to really empathise with the director as he embarks on his quest.

    May 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An affecting, honest observation of how grief can rip families apart - and make them whole again.

    Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A film that may appear deeply personal but, by tapping into familiar emotions and experiences, strikes a powerful chord.

    Oct 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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