Homegrown talent lights up the screen during 'Intermission'


Director: John Crowley

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney, Colin Farrell, Kelly Macdonald, Shirley Henderson, David Wilmot, Brian F. O'Byrne, Deirdre O'Kane, Michael McElhatton.

Cert: 15.

It falls to the growing Irish pool of screen talent - writers, directors, camerapeople and performers - to come up with the gem of the week: a film crammed with brilliantly-observed characters doing interesting things and shot with attention to detail, pacing and quality.

Mark O'Rowe and Crowley - writer and director - bring us a collection of sharply-created Dublin characters and throw them all into a wonderful melting-pot. Their eventual coming-together makes for a film Ireland can take a solid pride in. It's a positive delight.

The film has such strength that the vast gathering of talent has every opportunity to shine in its ensemble performance, given every chance to do so by Crowley's adept handling of a complex plotline.

Each performer comes to the screen fully-rounded, ready for action, cleverly-developed and full of quirky life.

One cannot praise the film enough. Some Irish films have been disappointing in their ineptitude, but this one demolishes all the over-hyped Hollywood dross that swamps us at regular intervals.

Don't dare miss Intermission.

Star Rating: 5/5

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