Stella Days

2011

Drama

146
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 371

Synopsis


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Cast

Amy Huberman as Eileen
Martin Sheen as Narrator
Stephen Rea as Brendan McSweeney
Trystan Gravelle as Tim Lynch
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828.4 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
100 min
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1.66 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
100 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by grainne_mulcahy 7 / 10 / 10

A glimpse of a bygone era, set in 1950's rural Ireland

I took my Mum to see this film, never imagining I would enjoy it as much as I did. Martin Sheen is commendable as the world weary Fr. Daniel Barry - a man living with the legacy of a vocation thrust upon him as a young boy by ambitious parents. The film offers a snapshot of life in claustrophobic, rural 1950's Ireland, with overlaying themes of longing, control and unfulfilled desires - set against the backdrop of an oppressive status quo. Recommended - but don't expect to emerge from the cinema bellowing with laughter.

Reviewed by tpurcell202 8 / 10 / 10

A quiet journey

In short this is not the fastest movie in the world, but it is not supposed to be. It is a very Irish film dealing with very Irish issues of the time. Knowing what we do now of the times then there is always a potentially dark side to this movie. but thanks to O'Sulllivan this never happens. Sheehan plays a priest placed in a rural Irish Parish after years in Rome and the US. Hoping to return to Rome his dreams are dashed when the local Bishop (Tom Hickey) tells him he is staying in the town and is charged with building a new church. Not being the best fund raiser in the world he gets nowhere until the new teacher, fresh from the big city (Dublin) gives him the idea.What follows is a very understated master class in the study of belonging, faith (in yourself, dreams and Him), loneliness and finding your place in life. The humour is calm, Stephen Rea plays his usual quiet dark self, here he plays the part of the local politician he is how conservative he makes the Bishop look radical. This is not the fastest movie in the world, but it brings you along with it. The performances wheel you in Martin Sheehan is every bit as great as ever, whether it is a young captain, the President of the United States or the local parish priest. This is a feel good story, told well. If you liked The Playboys (Gillies McKinnon, 1992) or Cinema Paridiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988) then you will like this one.

Reviewed by mgtheaven 8 / 10 / 10

Village priest in 1950's Ireland wants to open Cinema despite opposition from Church and Politician.

Fr Daniel Barry (Martin Sheen) ,a man of the World having served in America and Rome , who has a passion for Cinema , Music and Language is left to languish in a rural community in Co Tipperary in the 1950's. The Bishop is encouraging his Parish Priests to gather funds to build new churches in every Parish. Fr Barry is more inclined to set up a Cinema in the local hall, going so far as plundering the church building fund to do so. The film has a number of different issues going on, such as the Priest's own doubts about his vocation as he was sent by his parents to the priesthood, the rural electrification of Ireland in the 1950's, the effects of the necessary emigration of young Irish men in that era to send money home to families to survive and the power of the Church and the Politicians in the fledgling Irish State. The cast is a strong one. Martin Sheen , as Fr Barry, is resigned to life in the Village, his only beacons of light being the arrival of a young teacher in the village,( well played by Trystran Gravelle, ) full of encouragement and passion, though this falls apart when he indulges in passions of another king with his young landlady (Marcella Plunkett). Tom Hickey shines out as the Bishop with "A countryman's love of concrete", drooling over his church building project, as does Stephen Rea as the rural Politician with a dedicated opposition to "Hollywood Filth". The main fault of the Film is that it takes on a few too many themes at the same time. Despite that, it is still a worthwhile film. It is a valid look at 1950's Ireland, sometimes sentimental and quite often humorous!

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