Would you believe an Irish soap opera starring French, American, and British actors made in English by a French director? No? You're right. There's little to believe in this well-shot picture that goes far beyond drama into postured playing by almost everyone concerned. When Ireland
announced that artists would pay no income taxes, it attracted a great many famous authors and others like Fred Forsythe, John Huston, and even Leslie Bricusse. With that in mind, consider the episodic plot of this film. Noiret is a French author living in Ireland who makes friends with American
Albert. Albert has come to Ireland after an incident in his life that killed his girl friend in a fire when both were smoking hash. Astaire is an American physician who has come to Ireland to spend his last years (he should have known better after his Irish flop in FINIAN'S RAINBOW). Ustinov is a
hammy rakehell who is in Ireland with his apparently mute daughter, Belli, who may actually be his niece and might just be in love with Ustinov. Albert's attentions cause her to be able to speak again, while Noiret takes up with Albert's haughty sister, Rampling, but that turns out to be abortive.
In the end Relli and Albert stay in Ireland to raise horses, and everyone goes off in opposite directions--something this picture also does. The novel inspiring this film was a hit in Europe, and the horde of producers attached to the project must have thought it could be transformed en toto to
the screen. Once they put the literary characters into flesh and blood, however, it didn't work. The list of production companies involved indicates that this must have been one of those coproduction deals where each firm contributing gets exclusive release in their country, hence the various
nationalities involved. The language and the sexuality make this a dubious picture for anyone under 18. The entire movie is dubious entertainment for anyone under 98.
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- Released: 1977
- Rating: R
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