Intermission Review

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A group of Dubliners - from a would-be reality TV star cop, to a lonely girl with a facial hair problem - find their lives interweaving when John's ex, Deirdre, starts living with a married bank manager who becomes the victim of a kidnapping.


There's a palpable sense of frustration and longing in director John Crowley's debut feature, emotions shared by all of his characters. It's when they try a short cut to happiness that they become unstuck.

Deirdre thinks a bank manager will give her the stability she needs; John hopes crime will gain him revenge and riches; and Noeleen (Deirdre O'Kane) tries to fill the void left by her husband by grabbing the nearest available young man.

Sounds depressing? Maybe - but this film's lively dialogue, bursts of brash Irish wit and hopeful conclusion help the medicine go down. Several cast members shine: Farrell is pitch-perfect as a rough petty criminal, looking more at home in a grubby '80s jumper than a Hollywood star has a right to, while Meaney puts in a credible performance and Henderson's typically vulnerable turn hits the spot. Macdonald is less inspiring, however, and, despite his talent, Murphy struggles to fully convince as a hopeless supermarket employee.

Gritty and witty, this modest Irish drama has its roguish charms despite some questionable casting.