The Country Girls

Director: Desmond Davis

U.K.| 1983. Colour. 108 min.

This prequel to 1964’s Girl with Green Eyes sees Maeve Germaine and Jill Boyle take the roles of schoolgirl friends Kate and Baba. Both girls yearn to escape lives of mediocrity and routine and their boisterous antics lead to their expulsion from a convent school. Sam Neill plays the solicitor Mr. Gentleman, who introduces the teenage Kate to the world of adult relationships. Directed by Desmond Davis, Edna O’Brien’s tale of life in rural ’50s Ireland is both a charming and witty exploration of friendship, first love and hope.

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