Tara Road (2005)
Ireland / English
"Sometimes you must lose your life to find a new one...
"Two women -- one American, one Irish -- swap houses and alter the course of their lives.
Well it worked for me
Given that I have read the book (at least once) and loved it, I felt
that this made the transition to the Big Screen fairly painlessly,
after all it was a Big Book and time is limited. I went with someone
who had not it, and we both enjoyed the film. I didn't find the acting
hammy nor the shortcuts overly intrusive. A six-part drama would have
covered all points better obviously but this movie told the tale
adequately, the characters were all well-drawn and the mood of the book
translated well onto the screen. I loved that we could get the ambiance
of each home quickly and the circle of friends that each woman had. The
kids were great - my only criticism would perhaps be that Danny was not
quite smooth enough; it was hard to fall for his legendary charm.
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