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CLOSER YOU GET, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Kieran O'Donnagh (Ian Hart) is tired of the life in his windswept little village on Ireland's rugged coast. Not that he's ready to leave or anything. It's just that the local women aren't much chop. He convinces the lads in the local that their best bet for a better life is to place an ad in the Miami Herald for future brides. Swept up in the excitement, the lads can't see what could go wrong. That is, until the local lasses get wind of their plans and invite a group of Spanish fisherman to the local dance and suddenly all perception is turned upside down.

"Everything about The Closer You Get points to it being one of those quirky Irish feel good comedies that give us a good laugh and makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We feel confident about this because the Irish are funny. What was Scottish director Aileen Ritchie thinking when she cast her film? An unfunnier bunch of Irish people you never did see. She sorely needed to find someone of the calibre of Jimeoin to carry the material. Not that the characters aren't likeable, they are in a 'someone you catch the bus with in the morning' kind of way. But, as is very often the case with that person on the bus, underneath the surface they are really somewhat beige. Fine in life, not so great in a movie. Perhaps Ritchie was aware of this during her editing process and so added the most irritating 'this is going to be real cute' music just before all, yes all, of the really obvious moments. Ritchie was not in any way helped by William Ivory's script. Quite unbelievably he forgot to write the scenes that would have both added humour and given the film heart. The most obvious of these is the lad who struggles with the loss of his virginity. Do we see his see his failures and frustrations? No, he tells his friend about them. There are a great many such missed opportunities as well as setups that go nowhere. The production notes wax lyrical about producer Uberto Pasolini driving the idea as a follow up to his smash hit The Full Monty. It seems that Pasolini didn't have his eyes on the road this time or wasn't in the driver's seat for his last film."
Lee Gough

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CLOSER YOU GET, THE (M) (UK)

CAST: Niamh Cusack, Sean McGinley, Ian Hart, Ewan Stewart, Ruth McCabe, Sean McDonagh

DIRECTOR: Aileen Ritchie

PRODUCER: Uberto Pasolini

SCRIPT: Herbie Wave, William Ivory

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robert Alazraki

EDITOR: Sue Wyatt

MUSIC: Rachel Portman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tom McCullagh

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 8, 2001







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