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Stella Days (2012)

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A small town cinema in rural Ireland in the 1950s becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between Rome and Hollywood, and a man and his conscience. Martin Sheen stars as Father Daniel Berry in a story about the excitement of the unknown versus the security of the familiar, as those in the town find themselves on the cusp of the modern but still clinging to the traditions of church and a cultural identity forged in very different times. -- (C) Tribeca Film

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Cast

Martin Sheen
as Father Barry
Tom Hickey
as Bishop Hegerty
Stephen Rea
as Brendan McSweeney
Derbhle Crotty
as Julia McSweeney
Ruth McCabe
as Miss Courtney
Danny Scully
as Frankie
Sean Doyle
as Jumper
Arthur Riordan
as Architect
Louis Lovett
as Bishop's Secretary
Stephen Gillic
as Young Daniel
Bernadette McKenna
as Woman in Confessional
Gene Rooney
as Legion of Mary Woman 1
Sheila Cox
as Legion of Mary Woman 2
Neil Watkins
as Mr. Devoy
Noel Gaskin
as Mr. Devoy
Sheila Ahearne
as Small Girl
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Critic Reviews for Stella Days

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

There's no shortage of blarney in Stella Days, helmer Thaddeus O'Sullivan's largely winning drama about '50s rural Ireland, but it's blarney with a twist.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Variety
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Soft Irish accents and good intentions aren't enough to save the poky Irish drama "Stella Days," set in a small town on the cusp of change in the 1950s.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
New York Post
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Relaxed performances and pillow-soft photography compensate somewhat for the story's narrow ambitions, but they're not enough to invigorate a movie that clearly would rather charm than challenge.

June 21, 2012
New York Times
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Within the square framework, screenwriter Antoine O'Flatharta and director Thaddeus O'Sullivan are able to convey a lot about the atmosphere and attitude of a community in transition.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
AV Club
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Thanks to its understated elegance and surpassing central performance, this modest, too-eagerly schematic period drama is more engrossing than it has a right to be.

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Village Voice
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While its catharsis is somewhat muted and its script uneven, this splendidly acted drama explores its themes with sensitivity, gentle humor and poignancy that will appeal in particular to older audiences.

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stella Days

½

Relaxed performances and pillow-soft photography compensate somewhat for the story's narrow ambitions, but they're not enough to invigorate a movie that clearly would rather charm than challenge.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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