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DANCING AT LUGHNASA

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  • It makes sense that, with its exceptionally strong sense of place,

    Brian Friel's popular, award-winning stage play would translate

    beautifully to the screen. Pat O'Connor's adaptation of "Dancing

    at Lughnasa" brings the play's pre-war Ireland to life, creating a

    lovely musical and almost mythical region on the verge of

    cataclysmic change. The film is set in the village of Ballybeg,

    where a family of five sisters await the return of their brother

    Jack, a priest who has spent 30 years in Africa. Upon his arrival,

    they discover he has changed as has much else in their region.

    Mechanization threatens local industries, and many are fleeing to

    British cities. The vibrant ensemble cast, led by Meryl Streep,

    Michael Gambon and Kathy Burke, humanizes the toll that

    progress can take on rural communities. At the same time,

    DANCING AT LUGHNASA celebrates one family's perseverance.TELLURIDE

    FILM FESTIVAL

    Filmography:

    Cal (1984); A Month in the Country (1987); Stars and Bars (1988); The January Man

    (1989); Fool of Fortune (1990); Circle of Friends (1995); Inventing The Abbots

    (1996); Dancing At Lughnasa (1998)

    Print Source:

    Sony Pictures Classics

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