My Sailor, My Love

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In Cinemas AUGUST 31


After becoming concerned about her father Howard (James Cosmo, Braveheart), Grace (Catherine Walker, A Dark Song) hires a caretaker in the form of Annie (Brid Brennan, Brooklyn). As a result of his recluse nature, Howard initially rejects any help from Annie, but gradually the pair begin to bond, and Howard re-considers opening his heart to love and to be loved once more. My Sailor, My Love is directed by Klaus Härö (Letters to Father Jacob), a powerful and romantic tale of a second chance at love and the power of redemption.

Thanks to Kismet Films

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Highly respected Finish director Klaus Harro brings his quiet, controlled professional guidance to this introspective modern study of Familial intrigues and complexities from youth to older age. Writers Jimmy Karlson and Kirisi Vikman bring a sharp and thoughtful observation to this slice-of-life work. It’s pleasing to find that films of this nature and depth remain being made in this era of superficial cartoon heroes and action fodder, churned out for largely uninvolved ‘kids’ of all ages.

Strong performances are essential for stories without CGI wizardry and non-stop action, and this cast of mature-aged players certainly keep the flow of emotions on track from first frame to last. In fact, right from the first scene (Catherine Walker in a group therapy session) you know an emotional tour de force may be on its way. All the carefully selected players are totally convincing as they bring the layers of complex relationships into the viewer’s understanding. The dialog is intelligent, with the viewer needing to devote attention to following, lest you miss a vital line (having the ability to rewind is helpful), so DVD or Home Cinema set-ups can help with this.

Striking wide-screen vistas of the Irish Coastline captured by Robert Nordstrom (The Disciple ’13) are a joy to take in on a larger screen. Award-winning Belgium-born (of Italian parents) Michelino Bisceglia supplies the descriptive (classic-inspired) score. Even Finbar Furey delivers an unannounced song. Lovers of Bergman studies are more inclined to run with this one, as well as O’Neil devotees. Some have disagreed with the time devoted to certain character changes, but they are in keeping when each character’s back stories are fully known.

Polished viewing for discerning viewers. Younger audiences may not be as appreciative.

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