That They May Face The Rising Sun (12A)
Based on Irish author John McGahern’s award winning novel of the same name, this quiet portrait of a rural Irish community in the 1980s is beautifully told.
Joe, a writer, and Kate Ruttledge, an artist and photographer, have returned to Ireland after many years in London, to live and work in the lakeside hamlet close to where Joe grew up. As the year unfolds, their lives become deeply embedded within the rural landscape, the rituals of work and play that fluctuate with the seasons, and their interactions, sometimes affectionate, sometimes prickly, with the characters who live alongside them.
“The sense of tranquility is palpable, …the film almost seems designed to lower your blood pressure.” Allan Hunter, Screen Daily