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St. Patrick's Day

We all know the story... way back in history, dear old St. Paddy, patron saint of Ireland, drove the snakes out and ushered the Church in. So in his honor, every year we don our token green garb, garble our speech, dance a jig and drink til we drop. What few people realize is why we engage in such practices. In fact, this is exactly how Patrick himself celebrated the departure of those unsavory slitherers from the Emerald Isle. Once the last anaconda hit the water, he threw on his vernal vestments, said a quick Mass and proceeded to get thoroughly soused on sacramental wine.

But after all the revelries are over, you'll need some time to recuperate. (Fact: March 18th holds the record for "Sickest Day of the Year" based on employee attendance.) So while you nurse yourself back to health,
why not check out a film about the land you toasted so vigorously the night before?

Featured here are some of the best indie Irish films of the last ten years. Johnathan Crowley's hilarious Intermission, Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto, starring Cillian Murphy as a cross-dresser caught in the crossfire at the height of The Troubles, and Bloody Sunday, Paul Greengrass's amazing doc-style effort to recreate the events leading up to a defining moment in the history of Northern Ireland. Also represented here is Ireland's first family of independent film, The Sheridans: Jim's In America, brother Peter's adaptation of Brendan Behan's memoir, Borstal Boy, and daughter Kristen's cult classic Disco Pigs.

Get well soon and Sláinte!


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Secret of Roan Inish

$11.95 | 102 minutes

Sent to live with her grandparents in a quaint coastal Irish town, 10-year-old Fiona (Jeni Courtney) is fascinated by the village's rich folk culture--especially the local myths about a half-human, half-seal creature known as a selkie. Fiona becomes convinced that her supposedly deceased little brother is living with the selkies, and&hellip…

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In Bruges

$11.95 | 107 minutes

Playwright Martin McDonagh makes an impressive feature film debut as the writer and director of this tragicomedy as rich, dark, and complex as Belgian chocolate. The story unfolds over the course of a few days, as Irish hitmen Ken (the appealingly bear-like Brendon Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell, in a loose and sympathetic performance)…

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Seaview

$24.95 | 82 minutes

The Seaview documentary asylum seekers, filmed in Mosney, is a former holiday camp an hour outside of Dublin, Ireland converted to a holiding center for asylum seekers. Over the three years they spent there, the filmmakers slowly gained the trust of the residents. Intensely close conversations reveal their individual stories, from the…

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In America

$4.95 | 103 minutes

Jim Sheridan's autobiographical film, IN AMERICA, begins as Irish immigrants Johnny (Paddy Considine), his wife Sarah (Samantha Morton), and their two daughters drive their wood-paneled station wagon across the Canadian border and into the United States. As they enter New York City at night, 10-year-old Christy (Emma Bolger) records the&hellip…

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Breakfast on Pluto

$11.95 | 135 minutes

Reuniting with writer Patrick McCabe, who co-scripted his acclaimed 1997 film THE BUTCHER BOY, Neil Jordan delivers another entertaining spectacle of a motion picture. Set in the United Kingdom during the tumultuous 1960s and 70s, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO tells the story of Patrick "Kitten" Braden (an electrifying Cillian Murphy), an orphan&hellip…

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The Boys and Girl from County Clare

$7.95 | 90 minutes

In the tradition of WAKING NED DEVINE and THE MATCHMAKER comes John Irvin's THE BOYS AND GIRL FROM COUNTY CLARE, a charming Irish musical comedy. Set in the late 1960s, the film tells the story of two estranged brothers who reunite in County Clare to face off against each other in the country's biggest Ceili competition (a fiddle-based&hellip…

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