Father Barry has been working for three years with his small congregation in rural Ireland of the 1950’s. Bishop Hegarty announces a plan to build a series of opulent churches across Ireland. He likes to build churches and it doesn’t matter if the community can afford the cost. He also passes on the news that the request of Father Barry to return to Rome has not been granted. Father Barry decides to raise the church building funds by opening a local movie theater, Stella Cinema
The screenplay is very lightweight and brings to mind the thought of a Hallmark movie. It’s difficult to put together the early years of Father Barry and how he became a priest with the wispy flashbacks. Weighty topics are introduced but with light resolutions. 3* (This movie is OK)
90 min, Drama directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan with Martin Sheen, Tom Hickey, Stephen Rea, Joseph O’Sullivan, Trystan Gravelle, Marcella Plunkett.
Note: Blockbuster 3 ½*, imdb 4.4 out of 10, 60% critic 30% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.