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Redemption and the pain of a wasted life are the disturbing themes of this adaptation of William Trevor's short story. An ageing spinster teacher, Attracta, fastidiously played by Wendy Hiller, cracks under the strain when she realises too late her failure to teach generations of Irish pupils that good can come out of the most horrific sectarian violence. Very moving, with a manic performance from McPartland as a warped Protestant.

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Director: Kieran Hickey
Screenwriter: William Trevor
Cast: Wendy Hiller
Kate Thompson
Joe McPartland
John Kavanagh
Kate Flynn
Deirdre Donnelly