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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

★★★★ Di­rected by Dar­ren Thorn­ton. Star­ring Seána Ker­slake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey, Denise MacCor­mack Thorn­ton’s tri­umphant first fea­ture has the un­mis­tak­able shape of a con­ven­tional ro­man­tic com­edy. Ker­slake plays a young wo­man, re­cently re­leased from prison, who needs to find a date for her best friend’s wed­ding (Bailey). The jokes are good. The tim­ing is great. But the film suc­ceeds best as an ex­traor­di­nar­ily nu­anced char­ac­ter study. Ker­slake could hardly be bet­ter: tough, but wounded. Bailey is equally fine as a wo­man who’s moved on. A small masterpiece. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 82 min

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