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  • I enjoyed this movie very much, not just because it stars the luscious Natasha Richardson, but because the dynamic between Richardson's character and the character played by Mia Farrow is a delightful tongue-in-cheek account of Anglo-Irish relations that appeals to both my English and Irish ancestors

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      I enjoyed this movie very much, not just because it stars the luscious Natasha Richardson, but because the dynamic between Richardson’s character and the character played by Mia Farrow is a delightful tongue-in-cheek account of Anglo-Irish relations that appeals to both my English and Irish ancestors. Their rivalry quickly deteriorates into true pettiness, sabotage, and personal attacks. Both of them have secrets that are revealed in the intricacies of the plot that take in not only the villagers, but the viewer as well.

      Natasha Richardson, daughter of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, and wife of Liam Neeson, stars as Mrs. Edwina Broome, an English widow who decides to move to an Irish village


      with a neighborhood commonly called “Widows’ Peak” at the number of widows who live in the neighborhood. She is witty, full of life and beautiful, unlike many of the other widows who are old and pretty well dried up. She is wonderfully sneak and accidentally takes a prize at a local dance, destroys Katherine O’Hare’s prize roses, and cheats to win a race. I first saw Richardson in the 2002 movie “Waking Up In Reno” and immediately became infatuated with her. Her beauty made that of the more popular Charlize Theron fade into the background.

      Mia Farrow plays Miss Katherine O’Hare/Clancy a local woman who has never married by has eyes on the local ...


      • dentist who always disinfects by taking a long pull on a bottle before working on his patients. She plays the foil for Edwina Broome and manages to turn their relationship into a microcosm of Anglo-Irish relations from the last 1,000 years. I must admit I still think of Mia Farrow as Allyson MacKenzie from the TV series “Peyton Place,” or later from her television movie “Johnny Belinda,” but the intervening forty years has proven her a capable actor. She does an admirable job in the roll of an Irish woman who, naturally and properly hates the English in general and Edwina in particular. She plays the role of a woman who was forced
        to give up her illegitimate daughter for the sakes of respectability with strength.

        Maddie O’Hara, played by Rynagh O’Grady, a character actress with twenty-five years of Irish television credits including several appearances on the Father Ted series and an appearance in “Bally Kissangel” one of my favorite Irish television series. She is delightful. She is an unabashed gossip, going so far as to listen in at the confessional so she can reveal the dirt on her neighbors.

        Dame Joan Plowright is never to be ignored in any list of actors. She plays the head of the widows of Widows’ Peak with honesty and credibility.

        I enjoyed this movie and give it a good solid A- or 90%.




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