Joyriders

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Mary (Patricia Kerrigan) is a battered wife with two small children, living in a grim section of Dublin. Unable to stand the abuse any longer, she runs away from home, leaving her kids behind. Without money or a place to stay, she's befriended by a somewhat shady character named Perky (Andrew Connolly). He steals a car, and together they go to the coastal town where she'd honeymooned years earlier. Mary and Perky argue constantly, and since she's determined to never let a man abuse her again, she leaves him and gets a job at a dance hall. At the dance hall she encounters a singer (Billie Whitelaw) who she'd idolized as a child. The singer is now a pathetic alcoholic, so another one of Mary's illusions is shattered. On top of that, the dance-hall manager is making unwanted sexual advances to her. Perky returns to rescue her, and they briefly find happiness on a farm owned by a wryly philosophical old widower David Kellly. The film ends on a somewhat upbeat note, as they rescue one of Mary's daughters from a Dublin orphanage, but we're left in doubt as to whether Mary and Perky have a future together. Joyriders was the first effort by female director Aisling Walsh. It was financed by the Irish Film Board. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast

Andrew Connolly
as Perky Rice
Deidre Donoghue
as Dolores Flynn
Otto Jarman
as Second American Sailor
Eanna MacLiam
as Perky's Pal
Gina Moxley
as Mary's Neighbor
Desi Reynolds
as Band Member
Rolf Saxon
as First American Sailor
Billie Whitelaw
as Tammy O'Moore
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