Dancing at Lughnasa

Synopsis: A young boy tells the story of growing up in a fatherless home with his unmarried mother and four spinster aunts in 1930's Ireland. Each of the five women, different from the other in temperament and capability, is the emotional support system, although at times reluctantly, for each other, with the eldest assuming the role of a 'somewhat meddling' overseer. But then into this comes an elderly brother, a priest too senile to perform his clerical functions, who has "come home to die" after a lifetime in Africa; as well, there also arrives the boy's father, riding up on a motorcycle, only to announce that he's on his way to Spain to fight against Franco. Nevertheless, life goes on for the five sisters, although undeniably affected by the presence of the two men, they continue to cope as a close-knit unit... until something happens that disrupts the very fabric of that cohesiveness beyond repair.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Pat O'Connor
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

the feast of Lughnasa.

This is the month of August, the feast

of Our Lady's Assumption Into Heaven.

A goddess, rising through

the sky and the stars...

in search for her dear son.

Where is Michael's father?

He's not here.

They're not married.

So Michael is a love child.

A son conceived in love.

I'm glad you have a child

conceived in love.

He's not mine.

He's Christina's.

- He's mine.

- All of you.

You all love him.

He belongs to all of you.

Michael, go outside and play.

Danny Bradley

wants to marry me.

He wants to take me up to

the back hills one day to Lough Anna.

Will you marry us?

Danny Bradley can't marry you.

He's married already.

You know that.

But he loves me, and I love him.

- And his wife's left him.

- That's not our business.

You must be tired.

Have a wee sleep before you eat.

- It'll build up an appetite.

- In Africa, we sleep and dream.

- In the dream, we sacrifice to the gods.

- This is not Africa.

This is Ballybeg.

Your home.

This is Donegal.

This is Ireland.

Another miracle.

It is not a miracle.

It is science.

It's music.

Dance with me, Mother.

No... Look, turn that off.

I'll do it myself.

I am not your mother.

I am Kate, your eldest sister, and

you're going to bed for a short while.

The only miracles

are those God ordains.

And you are an ordained priest.

You do not dance.

Maggie, see Jack to his rest,

if you please.

My rest, yeah.

Many women in Africa have love children.

And they are loved.

- As they are here.

- Yes, as they are here.

I didn't mean to upset you.

I would like you all

to have a love child.

His Holiness, the Pope, would have

something to say against that.

Yes, he would.

But he's never lived in Africa.

I'll put you to your bed.

You need the rest.

If His Holiness, the Pope,

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Frank McGuinness

Professor Frank McGuinness (born 1953) is an Irish writer. As well as his own plays, which include The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Dolly West's Kitchen, he is recognised for a "strong record of adapting literary classics, having translated the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen, Garcia Lorca, and Strindberg to critical acclaim". He has also published four collections of poetry, and two novels. McGuinness has been Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin (UCD) since 2007. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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