The Secret Scripture
Director: Jim Sheridan
Cast: Rooney Mara, Theo James, Aidan Turner, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor
Country of Origin: Ireland 2016 108 mins. (12A)
Released by Wildcard Distribution
After an eclectic range of films in recent years, Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America) returns to Ireland with this adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel. Rose (played by the inimitable Vanessa Redgrave) is the last patient remaining in a psychiatric hospital, firmly refusing transferal to another facility. Dr. William Grene (Eric Bana) is called in, and his sympathetic approach leads Rose to recount the story of how, as a young woman (Rooney Mara) in Sligo, she met and fell in love with Michael McNulty (Jack Reynor), arousing the jealousy of the local priest.
Directed with a sure hand, this is a touching and poignant story, with an undertow of anger at Rose’s treatment, and that of so many women of her time. Wildcard Distribution.