Circle Of Friends

"Very Good"

Circle Of Friends Review


Circle of Friends is the story of three Irish teenage girls, Eve, Nan, and Benny, and their respective quests for love. In 1957 Dublin and nearby Knockglen, we return to a time before the world lost its innocence, before our uncontrollable obsession with physical beauty took hold, and before we had any idea about how a relationship was supposed to work.

As the story opens, the three characters are entering their freshmen year at a Dublin college. Eve (Geraldine O'Rawe) is an orphan, living with the nuns in a convent. Nan (Saffron Burrows) is a gorgeous and wicked socialite with ulterior motives. And Benny (Minnie Driver) is a Plain Jane heroine, plagued by overbearing parents and a trollish suitor (Cumming), and is still trying to overcome her adolescent awkwardness. Chris O'Donnell plays Jack, "the cutest boy in school" who becomes the eventual point of contention in the story, developing a deep love for Benny, but perpetually confused and torn between those competing for his affections and attempts to control his future.

Overflowing with sexual tension and overtones, Circle of Friends pits against each other the issues of religion and personal freedom, family and love, wealth and happiness. Predictably, it lands on the more modern and liberated viewpoints regarding these issues, and in the end, everything neatly ties up into a rather typical coming-of-age story that we've seen countless times before. I was expecting something a little more original like Dead Poets Society, but ended up getting another reworking of an old story.

Excellent acting by all the players and the film's unique change of setting make Circle of Friends a worthwhile picture, but it suffers from a painfully slow pace and no real originality in its message. If you go, bring a date and a box of tissues.



Circle Of Friends

Facts and Figures

Run time: 103 mins

In Theaters: Friday 7th April 1995

Distributed by: HBO Video

Production compaines: Lantana

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Fresh: 28 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Pat O'Connor

Starring: as Jack Foley, as Bernadette 'Benny' Hogan, Geraldine O'Rawe as Eve Malone, as Nan Mahon, as Sean Walsh, as Simon Westward

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