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IMDb page here. Watched at home on TV.

Bit of an exaggeration to say I 'watched' this as such. Rather, it was on while I was learning how to use the new phone I got yesterday afternoon (about which more in other posts). Nonetheless, I was in the same room while it was playing for the whole duration of the film, and more or less followed the plot.

Basically, it's a touching family film set in Dublin in 1953 with Pierce Brosnan (*woof!*) as a down-at-heel father who's lost his kids after his wife walked out on them, and has to fight in the Supreme Court and change Irish law to get them back. Having just looked it up on IMDb, I can report that the official tag-line is actually - and I am not making this up - "The story of a father's love that changed a nation." Says all you need to know, really.

Best bits: Pierce Brosnan; all the Irish accents.

Worst bits: gushing sentimentality; gratuitous use of Christmas to increase the latter; implausibility with which a hot-shot yankee lawyer is portrayed deciding to help a drunken, semi-employed Irish guy fight for his children.

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