Thursday, 5 May 2016
Another forgotten film from the 1990s. This one is about the hunger strikers and like most Irish titles from that era it resembles a drab TV movie. Lots of short scenes, tight shots, dialogue heavy, respectful music, huge cast, over-scripted, and rather lifeless. Two women from across the class divide team up when their sons go to jail. Not as involving as it should be and the quick cuts to different characters and locations get tiresome. Seems to focus more on the women involved but it doesn't really work. You don't sympathise with the prisoners because of their crimes. There are several scenes where cuts are made between different locations but it's not done well. It's like Ordinary decent criminal instead of The general. Characters are one-dimensional and stereotypical, kids with red hair, unsmiling police/army, friendly IRA gunmen. Even Graham Cantwell could have done a better job directing this!
Title: Some mother's son
Rather sad article in today's Irish Independent newspaper about Ireland's most overrated female film director. She's been abroad...