Emotionally complex Irish drama chronicles the struggles and aspirations of a single mother (Clare Dunne, who also co-wrote the script) living in Dublin. Having escaped her abusive husband (Ian Lloyd Anderson), she’s dissatisfied with life in the cramped government subsidized hotel room assigned to her and her two young daughters (Molly McCann and Ruby Rose O’Hara) but the prospect of obtaining better housing seems remote. So, through the generosity of the doctor (Harriet Walter) for whom she works as a housekeeper and with the help, among others, of a building contractor (Conleth Hill), she sets out to construct her own modest home. Powerful cinematically, director Phyllida Lloyd’s profile in endurance also features details faithful and pro-life movie fans will appreciate. Yet repeated depictions of a harrowing physical assault, though dramatically justified, make this challenging material even for grown-ups. Harsh scenes of spousal abuse, several uses of profanity, about a half-dozen milder oaths, much rough and occasional crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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