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.
Showing as part of our Cathal Black Season (February 6th-14th).