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The Butcher Boy

Neil Jordan, 110 minutes, 1997

Neil Jordan's twisted version of a coming of age story, The Butcher Boy brings the viewer into the bizarre world of Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens). With an alcoholic father (Stephen Rea) and suicidal mother (Aisling O’Sullivan) at home, Francie lives…

Cal

Pat O'Connor, 102 minutes, 1984

In this film that confronted the violence and sectarian divisions in Northern Irish society, a reluctant IRA man struggles to extricate himself from his allegiances when he falls for one of his victims. The IRA man is Cal (John Lynch),…

Calm with Horses

Nick Rowland, 101 minutes, 2019

Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis) is an enforcer for the Devers, a family of criminals in an Irish seaside town. Quicker with his fists than his wits, Arm had a brief moment of glory when he represented his county in…

Calvary

John Michael McDonagh, 101 minutes, 2014

Father James Lavelle could be the last good priest in Ireland, a jaded but open-hearted representative of an institution tainted with scandal and waning in influence. His parish in a country town is populated with sceptics and cynics, and when…

The Camino Voyage

Dónal Ó Céilleachair, 98 minutes, 2018

A crew of explorers takes to the beloved, sacred Camino de Santiago – not by land but by sea – in this evocative, immersive documentary by director Dónal Ó Ceilleachair (Aisling Gheal, Ó Chúil Aodha go hÓileán Í). The adventurers,…

The Canal

Ivan Kavanagh, 92 minutes, 2014

Cinema archivist David Williams (Rupert Evans) lives with his wife, Alice (Hannah Hoekstra), and their five-year-old son, Billy (Calum Heath). All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is compounded by a…

Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoire (Lament for Arthur Leary)

Bob Quinn, 57 minutes, 1975

Following in the footsteps of James Joyce and Flann O’Brien, Bob Quinn blended postmodern scepticism of official narratives with visions of Irish history in this film. Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoire begins as the story of a group of unruly players…

Cardboard Gangsters

Mark O'Connor, 90 minutes, 2016

John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer living in Darndale, an area rife with gangland violence, drugs and social problems. When his welfare payments are cut off, he decides it’s time to start dealing more…

Circle of Friends

Pat O'Connor, 103 minutes, 1995

Set in an austere 1950s Ireland, Circle of Friends is the empowering story of three young women fighting to have decent lives in a difficult country. Childhood friends Bernadette (Minnie Driver), Nan (Saffron Burrows), and Eve (Geraldine O’Rawe), escape the…

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