Silent Grace


Time Out says

A trashy glue-sniffer with a no-good boyfriend, Aine (Bradley) gets towed into court after being caught out in a stolen car. Apolitical, but with mouth galloping ahead of brain, she blurts out that she's a member of the IRA, landing herself in the Armagh Women's Prison. Her timing couldn't be worse: she arrives in the midst of the 'dirty protests'. Shown to a faeces-smeared cell, Aine vomits up a greeting to her republican roommate. The dirty protests (precursors to the 1980/81 hunger strikes) stand as one of the most unthinkable chapters of the Troubles. Firsthand accounts border on the unreadable. Here, in her first feature, writer/director Murphy must attempt a balance between steely verisimilitude and the dramatic exigencies of historical fiction (not to mention the viewer's gross-out threshold). She employs a naive interloper whose inarticulate disgust gradually shapeshifts into solidarity. Though well acted and concisely plotted, the film is not up to the events it engages - but it's tough to imagine a film that would be. (Inspired by the play Now and at the Hour of Our Death by Trouble and Strife.)

By: JWin


Release details

86 mins

Cast and crew

Maeve Murphy
Maeve Murphy
Orla Brady
Cathleen Bradley
Conor Mullen
Cara Seymour
Robert Newman
Dawn Bradfield
Patrick Bergin
Ita Campbell
Karen Cunningham
Maeve Murphy
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