Irish misery hits US screens
Red Roses and Petrol, the leaden 2003 movie based on Joseph O’Connor’s play of that name, finally opened in the US last weekend. Adapted and directed by Tamar Simon Hofs, it assembles a bickering Irish family for the wake of their father (Malcolm McDowell). The cast includes Max Beesley, Susan Lynch and Olivia Tracey.
The New York Times review began: “Leave it to the Irish to turn misery and recrimination into an art form”, adding that “the misery seeps from the screen in cold, damp waves; by the end you’ll be grabbing for the bottle yourself.” The film has never been released in Ireland.