1 January 2018

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends 1995
  • Director: Pat O’Connor
  • Based on the novel by Maeve Binchy
  • Cast: Minnie Driver, Chris O’Donnell, Colin Firth, Alan Cumming, Aiden Gillen, Ciáran Hinds, Ruth McCabe
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Minnie Driver – Ella Enchanted, Good Will Hunting, Grosse Pointe Blank, Golden Eye
    • Chris O’Donell – Scent of a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Colin Firth – Before I Go to Sleep, The Railway Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The King’s Speech, Genova, Mamma Mia, Then She Found Me, Nanny McPhee, Love Actually, Girl with the Pearl Earring, Bridget Jones’s Diary, My Life So Far, Shakespeare in Love, A Thousand Acres, Fever Pitch, The English Patient, Pride and Prejudice
    • Alan Cumming – The Tempest, Third Rock from the Sun, Titus, Eyes Wide Shut, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Golden Eye
    • Aiden Gillen – The Dark Knight Rises, The Wire, Some Mother’s Son
    • Ciáran Hinds – The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter, Life During Wartime, Hustle, Margot at the Wedding, Hallam Foe, Amazing Grace, The Calendar Girls, Road to Perdition, Titanic Town, Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe, Some Mother’s Son, Cold Lazarus, Mary O’Reilly
    • Ruth McCabe – Philomena, Inside I’m Dancing, Titanic Town, Takin’ Over the Asylum, My Left Foot
  • Why? Minnie Driver
  • Seen: 20 December 2017      

       Maeve Binchey writes feel-good books with an Irish bite. In this film-based-on-a-book Benny (Bernadette), Eve and Nan have been friends since childhood and are now going to college in Dublin.
       Boys and sex, Catholicism and beautiful Irish villages and landscapes. Young love, 50’s crooners, English lords and Irish lasses. Boring and predictable.
       Driver has a bit of spark and Hinds is an added plus as a professor trying to provoke the students out of their sexual repression. Cumming, however, usually good, is unconvincingly sleazy as Benny’s creepy wannabe boyfriend and the rest of the cast is dull, even Firth! Believe it or not.

1 ½ * of 5


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