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JDIFF: THE FADING LIGHT

Director: IVAN KAVANAGH

71 minutes| Ireland| 2010


This film screened 24th February 2010.

Featured Cast: Valene Kane, Patrick O’Donnell, Bibbi Larsson, Emma Eliza Regan.?
With his previous feature, Our Wonderful Home (shown in JDIFF 2009), Ivan Kavanagh proved to be an acute observer of the fissures and fractures of the modern Irish family. He returns to the subject with his remarkable new film. Alongside her sister Cathy (Emma Eliza Regan), Yvonne (Valene Kane) returns home to Dublin to watch over her dying mother (Bibbi Larsson), a widow who cares for their disabled brother, Peter (Patrick O’Donnell). As the days pass, both sisters struggle with their own fears and doubts, their mother’s imminent death forcing them to address their complex relationship. A family united will be torn apart, as the siblings must decide: who will care for Peter when their mother dies? Shot with simplicity and featuring impressive performances from its young Irish cast, a highly emotive subject is tackled with great skill and control by talented young filmmaker Kavanagh.

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