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Film Club
February, March and April 2016


Tickets for all events are priced at £15.00, including supper.

The Courtyard Café will be open for drinks from 6.00 pm with supper served from 6.30 pm.  Films start at approximately 7.30 pm.
Please call 01787 313691 or email to book your tickets

Alice Rohrwacher's bittersweet tale about the onset of adulthood and the fading of old ways is as powerful as it is enchanting.  This richly textured drama centres on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenaged foster child taken in as a farmhand and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family. Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, Gelsomina, who is struggling to find her footing in the world.  Director  Rohrwacher engages all in this unusual world with the ease of someone who knows exactly what they’re talking about, neither judging nor celebrating - always looking with tenderness and a winning sense of humour.

Winner of the Grand Prix prize at Cannes in 2014.  English subtitles.

March 2016

Eilis lives and works in a small town in Ireland but her sister arranges for her to go to the USA to find a real future.  Struggling in a new job and a new home after a difficult crossing, her letters home to family back in Ireland chronicle her initial homesickness. But at a dance she meets Tony, from an Italian family, who is quickly besotted with her.   Circumstances dictate that she return to Ireland where she is forced to consider her new life and the one she left behind.

Newcomer Saoirse Ronan leads a fantastic ensemble cast including Oscar and Bafta winners Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.  The film premiered at the Sundance Festival 2015 to universal acclaim.  It was the largest grossing opening in Ireland since 1996 and is expected to feature in the 2016 Oscars list.

In memory of the late Alan Rickman, this month we will be showing one of his early film appearances.

Directed by the late Anthony Minghella and starring Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, Michael Maloney and Deborah Findlay, “Truly Madly Deeply” is a romantic comedy drama which explores love and bereavement.

Nina is beside herself with grief at the recent death of her boyfriend, Jamie, a cellist.   When she is on the verge of despair, Jamie reappears as a “ghost” and the couple are reconciled. The screenplay never clarifies whether this occurs in reality, or merely in Nina’s imagination. Nina is ecstatic, but Jamie’s behaviour – turning up the central heating to stifling levels, moving furniture around and inviting back “ghost friends” to watch videos – gradually infuriates her, and their relationship deteriorates. She meets Mark, a psychologist, to whom she is attracted, but she is unwilling to become involved with him because of Jamie’s continued presence. Nina continues to love Jamie but is conflicted by his self-centred behaviour and ultimately wonders out loud, “Was it always like this?”

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