Veteran Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic leaves the battles in the Balkans behind for this drama set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies," Harry Maloney (Colm Meany) sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty -- the most powerful man in town, who not only owns the local pub and most of the businesses in the area, but is also the local matchmaker. When Harry's son Gus -- upon whom Harry regularly heaps abuse -- falls for the lovely Eileen, George helps broker their nuptials. All the while, Harry quietly mobilizes his dastardly plans. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
This was a good example of authenic Irish story, set in 1924. The characters looked real and had great credibility. The story was a good one, and everyone would know someone in their family that was like the father character. In the end, he walks away weeking, as both his son and daugher in law have left him. A good tale for all ages.