The Secret Scripture

Synopsis: Roseanne McNulty must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene, is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman, whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot), and that a local priest fell tragically in love with her.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jim Sheridan
Production: Apollo Media
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

There you go.

There you go.

- Here.

- Thank you.

Can you lower the skip,


All right.

Keep your feet up now.

That was a medical matter.

Nothing to do with you,

do you understand?

Nothing to do with you.

Nurse, looking in skips

has got nothing

to do with you.

I'll make it part

of my evaluation then.


Are you saying

you're going to take


for this patient?


All right, well,

in that case, nurse!


Don't leave the patient,

do you understand?

Make up your mind, doctor.

You have until Friday,

Dr. Grene.

- Get all this stuff out.

- Right, yeah.

Hey, hey, hey.

That's her Bible.

Give it here.

Get all this stuff...

All this stuff up to her ward.


How do you feel?

Like someone took my soul.

You see,

they took my cross.

Your cross?


I'm sorry, Rose.

Rose, will you read it?


So, that Dr. Grene

can reevaluate you.

Oh, does that mean

I can stay?

It means you won't

have to leave tomorrow.

Oh, tomorrow?

I've been here

for 40 years.

My child

was born out there.

Who will remember my baby?

I want to hear

your story, Rose.

Do you have ears

to listen?

The undertaker

doesn't need his ears.

He should rent them out.

Who is the undertaker?

- The other doctor.

- Oh, right.

"January 4th, 1942.

I write these words

in secret,

in fear, and in terror.

I need to find

a relative to claim me,


I am here forever,


to a living death.

My childhood was happy.

I was happy in County Sligo. "

I got my music

from my dad.

I loved my dad.

When my dad died,

my mother's heart

died with him.

She stayed in

her mourning clothes

mourning night and day

until they took her away.

Stayed in her mourning

clothes night and day

until they took her

from me.

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Sebastian Barry

Barry is thoroughly Irish, born in Dublin and whose mother was the late Irish actress, Joan O'Hara. He attended Catholic University School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he read English and Latin. Barry's literary career began in poetry before he began writing papers, plays and novels. He was also editor of Icarus, the Trinity College student magazine. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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