Friday, March 1, 7:30 pm
LCCC Film Society presents
2002 (PG) 94 min. Ireland
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Bates, Sophie Vavasseur, Julianne Margulies
Pierce Brosnan plays Desmond Doyle, a drunk and a carpenter, more or less in that order. He has two sons and a daughter. When his wife abandons the family, the government social workers come around, size up the situation, and advise, “send in the nuns.” The children are sent to orphanages, on the grounds, then sanctified in Irish law, that a father cannot raise children by himself. In this moving, ultimately uplifting drama, a father must fight the Church, the Irish courts, and tremendous odds in order to keep his family together. Based on a true story and set in 1950s Ireland, the film follows Desmond Doyle as he struggles to lovingly raise three young children alone. The Church and the Irish courts, however, determine and insist that the children instead be raised in an orphanage. Damned if he’ll let anyone take his children away, Doyle defiantly vows to reunite his family at whatever the cost. Enlisting the help of friends, he attempts to do what, to that point, had never been attempted: challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. The devotion of this father will not be defied by any earthly power. Consequently, he alone effectively changes a horrible policy for all of Ireland and makes history in the process.
“…the real-life story is genuinely inspirational…one of the season’s more moving films.” – Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“’Evelyn’ isn’t just a feel-good movie; it’s a feel-good-and-righteous movie…because there’s no better time for its message of putting the best interests of a child before the interests of any institution.” – Janice Page, BOSTON GLOBE