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The Undertaking

Director: Cathal Black

Ireland • 2007 • 70 mins


The Lynch family has been in the mortuary business since 1948. They are funeral directors operating in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Thomas Lynch – an undertaker for over 30 years – has arranged perhaps 6,000 funerals. When not an American undertaker, he is an Irishman who lives in Moveen, County Clare (from where his grandparents emigrated) – and a poet and essayist of immense repute. Drawing on his work, this film is an engaging and inspiring journey into his unusual world, viewing life and death through his eyes. One might expect the morose and melancholy, but Lynch is rich in passion and humour, and wise with an undeniable logic: for him, it is only through dealing with death that we can truly get on with the business of living. With Lynch’s evocative poetry and essays always at it’s core, director Cathal Black has crafted a film that is sensitive, beautiful and, in it’s own right, a finely crafted piece of poetic film-making.
Director Cathal Black will attend the screening.
This is a feature-length version of the documentary first shown on RTE Television’s Arts Lives in 2007.

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