Ir­ish mis­ery hits US screens

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

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.

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