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    • Director

      Cathal Black

    • Credits

      Producer: Daryl Collins. Writer: Cathal Black, Joe O'Byrne

    • Principal Cast

      Andrew Scott, John Doyle, Fiona Molony, Vass Anderson

  • Category


Adapted from a short story by John McGahern, teenager Eamon (Andrew Scott) spends his last summer before leaving home with his father, eel fisherman John Doyle (Donal Donnelly). Tensions over fishing rights arise with neighbour Ben Moran (Vass Anderson), an old civil war adversary, which are further compounded when Eamon falls in love with Moran’s daughter Una (Fiona Molony). With unemployment looming, Eamon thinks of emigration to the US despite the fact that Moran’s conscripted son was recently killed in Korea and returned home in a coffin. The film revisits themes of generational conflict and examines the inextricable hold of history on the present. (Notes by Sunniva O'Flynn)

87 minutes, Ireland, 1994, Colour

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