This film is adapted from a mystery novel and set in the Irish town of Kilshannon in the 1920’s. A group of widows tightly set the rules for behavior, there is only one non-widow in the town. Miss O’Hare is a reclusive spinster of middle age who seems to have some kind of secret. Edwina Broome is new in town and is not part of the widows’ group or aligned with Miss O’Hare. In fact she starts a feud with Miss O’Hare, pushing her to get a prize, mangling her prize roses and bumping her skiff in a boat race. Edwina has accused Miss O’Hare of extreme rudeness and releasing the brake on her car.
There are more women in the town than men so there is bound to be some friction and there is enough gossip for two or three towns. Add one more widow to the mix and the delicate balance is tipped. This is just after WWI, some men died in the war and some have died from gas exposure and other injuries. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
101min, Comedy directed by John Irvin with Mia Farrow, Joan Plowright, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, Anne Kent, John Kavanagh.
Note: Blockbuster 3*, imdb 6.6 out of 10, 100% critic 48% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.