Run of the Country (1995)

The find of the week.  Director Peter Yates (BREAKING AWAY) adapts 
Shane Connaughton's novel about a college-aged Irish lad (Matt 
Keeslar) struggling to adjust to the death of his mum.  In his path 
are numerous obstacles, ranging from a demanding dad (Albert 
Finney) to his first girlfriend (Victoria Smurfit) to the ever-
present IRA.  Working with a fine cast and a handsome production 
design, Yates creates a believable, matter-of-fact reality that is 
all at once both terrible and touching.  Life is difficult in this 
place, he reminds us.  Highly recommended.  (Rated "R"/~120 min.)

Grade: A-

Copyright 1995 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies

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