I Was Happy Here

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A horribly pretentious and sentimental film which still manages to retain a degree of emotional power, with moments of real intensity and conviction. It's about an Irish girl (Miles) who returns to her home in Ireland after an unhappy marriage, and is pursued there by her bullying husband (Glover). The film is certainly much better than Davis' earlier Irish story The Girl with Green Eyes (also adapted from Edna O'Brien), but it's dogged by the awful tricks of overemphasis which he seems to have learned from his patron Tony Richardson.

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Desmond Davis
Screenwriter: Edna O'Brien, Desmond Davis
Cast: Sarah Miles
Cyril Cusack
Julian Glover
Sean Caffrey
Marie Kean
Eve Belton
Cardew Robinson

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4.7 / 5

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isaac a

This is a nicely crafted film. It is neither horribly pretentious nor overly sentimental, though there is no shame in sentiment, not even in large doses, it is the one emotion that separates us from animals, and the pathway that leads us to so much that is good in the human condition. The film recalls an earlier time, a simpler time, when internet and mobile communications were fantastic dreams and fodder for science fiction. Eternal Love and the search for human happiness were more involving and less cringe-worthy than they are today. Simple folk kept a kind of code of decent behaviour in a more naive world, and stories could be told in terms of love, honourable life shaping, and simple needs.

It is a lovely rainy day weekend movie, even after more than 40 years. All performances are good, Mr Cusack is wonderful.

Lynda

Yes, I have watched that film many years ago, one Sunday afternoon and have not seen it since but I would also like a copy of this film - does anyone know where I can get a copy to play on UK DVD.

Lynda

Yes, I have watched that film many years ago, one Sunday afternoon and have not seen it since but I would also like a copy of this film - does anyone know where I can get a copy to play on UK DVD.