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The Secret Scripture (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 13 October 2017 (USA)
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A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital.

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Jim Sheridan

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Sebastian Barry (based on the novel by), Jim Sheridan | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Rooney Mara ... Rose
Aidan Turner ... Jack Conroy
Theo James ... Father Gaunt
Eric Bana ... Dr. Grene
Jack Reynor ... Michael McNulty
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Rose
Susan Lynch ... Nurse
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ... McCabe
Adrian Dunbar ... Dr. Hart
Charlie Kelly ... Beau
Pauline McLynn ... Anne McCartney
Omar Sharif Jr. ... Daniel O'Brien
Laurence O'Fuarain ... Detective
Nika McGuigan ... Chrissie
John Connors John Connors ... Joe Brady
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Roseanne McNulty must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene, is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman, whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot, and that a local priest fell tragically in love with her. Written by AnonymousB

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Time doesn't forget. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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$694,981
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The name Joe Brady is the same name as Pierce Brosnan's character in the film "The Nephew" which he produced himself through Irish Dreamtime See more »

Goofs

When Michael prepares to leave Rose and re-join the war, he dresses in his formal uniform and prepares to go. But he hasn't shaved, which is part of the look of the actor who plays him (Jack Reynor) and not "regulation" for the services during World War II. See more »

Quotes

Lady Rose: I committed my memories to the Book of Rose, my secret scripture.
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The Cry Inside
Written by Brian Byrne & Jim Sheridan
Performed by Kelly Clarkson, Brian Byrne & Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309 (as The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra)
Published by Asamesa Publishing (ASCAP), Soleonthebone Publishing (IMRO) & Songs For My Shrink (ASCAP)
© 2016 Brian Byrne & Jim Sheridan
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'There's a sickness in people that stops them seeing the truth.'
17 October 2017 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Sebastian Barry's brilliant novel SECRET SCRIPTURE has been transformed into an eloquent touching film Johnny Ferguson and Director Jim Sheridan. With moody cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and a musical score by Brian Byrne (with a lot of help from Beethoven) and a perfect cast of actors, this radiantly beautiful film should satisfy a large audience – those who love period pieces, Ireland, sweet romance, ad twists of plot.

Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave) must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene (Eric Bana) is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as the young woman Rose (Rooney Mara), whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot Michael McNulty (Jack Reynor), and that a local priest Father Gaunt (Theo James) fell tragically in love with her. The elderly Lady Rose is institutionalized because it was rumored that she murdered her only child at childbirth. Dr Grene and a nurse (Susan Lynch) are supportive of Lady Rose as the story unfolds in the most sensitive manner.

There is much to be praised in this film – the manner in which the conflict between the Irish and the British altered personal lives and relationships, the horrors of the early 20th century insane asylums, the struggle Catholics priests at times endure with their celibacy vows, and the beauty of Ireland – but the cast is so fine that they shine with this material. This is a very fine film.


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