Two-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep stars in this beautifully crafted ensemble drama from director Pat O'Connor (Circle Of Friends) adapted from the internationally acclaimed play by Brian Friel. Rural Ireland 1936. It's a pivotal time for the five unmarried Mundy sisters. Europe is on the brink of war their small village is on the verge of incredible change and the sisters have troubles of their own. The head of the household is the imperious eldest sister Kate (Streep) barely holding the family together with income from her teaching job. Her sisters saintly... caretaker Agnes (Brid Brennan); the simple-minded Rose (Sophie Thompson); earthy Maggie (Kathy Burke) and the romantic Christina (Catherine McCormack) all do piecework and odd jobs to support themselves and Christina's beloved illegitimate young son Michael. Into their lives come two men who threaten to disrupt this delicate family union: Michael's errant father Gerry (Rhys Ifans) and the sisters...brother (Michael Gambon) a mentally unbalanced priest returning from decades of missionary work in remote Africa. Despite their hardships the sisters are able to embrace life and all its complexities and dance with joy in their hearts. Dancing At Lughnasa is a poignant drama featuring brilliant ensemble acting gorgeous photography and music by Grammy Award-winning composer Bill Whelan (Riverdance). [show more]
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A young boy tells the story of growing up in a fatherless home with his unmarried mother and four spinster aunts in 1930's Ireland. Their lives are interrupted by the arrival of two men - the boy's long-lost father, who is off to Spain to fight the war against Franco, and an elderly uncle who has "come home to die" after a lifetime in America. Although life goes on as before for the boy and five sisters, something will happen that will destroy their peaceful existence as they once knew it.
In the summer of 1936 the five Mundy sisters encounter problems which threaten to tear them apart forever. The opening of a new knitting factory destroys the livelihoods of Agnes (Brid Brennan) and Rose (Sophie Thompson); travelling salesman Gerry (Rhys Ifans), the father of Christina's (Catherine McCormack) son, announces that he is off to fight the fascists in Spain; and brother Jack (Michael Gambon), a missionary priest who has been away in Africa, returns home a broken, senile man. As the festival of Lughnasa approaches, the tensions between the sisters come to a head. Also stars Meryl Streep and Kathy Burke.