Following in the tradition of Flann O’Brien, Kevin McAleer, and Father Ted, Extra Ordinary views rural Irish life through a surreal comic lens. Lonely driving instructor Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins), believing herself responsible for the death of her paranormal investigator father, has turned her back on her ability to communicate with the dead. However, she finds herself inclined to help attractive widower Martin Martin (Barry Ward), whose wife hasn’t let death make her any less domineering. Matters become urgent when local one-hit wonder Christian Winter (Will Forte) believes Martin’s daughter will make the perfect sacrifice to a demon who will revive his music career.
With performances of great warmth from Higgins and Ward, Extra Ordinary is a sweet and very funny comedy, with an eye for detail that adds to both the humour and charm of this hugely enjoyable film.
Notes by Kevin Coyne
This film is F-rated.
Súil Eile Award, Irish Film Festival London 2019
Méliès d’argent Award for Feature Film, Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2019
Audience Award, Sitges International Film Festival 2019
Silver Raven, Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film 2019
Best Irish Feature Film, Galway Film Fleadh 2019
Audience Award, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2019
Narcisse Award, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2019