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When Desmond's wife abandons the family he tries to raise his young children along. His wife's mother reports her daughter's abandonment to the authorities, the power of the Church and the Irish courts take his children away and put them in orphanages. He is devastated and vows to reunite his family. He enlists the help of three new friends and challenges a law before the Irish Supreme Court.
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Review Good "The storytelling, as directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving
Miss Daisy), is simple and relaxed -- an Irish sweater of a production. The
surprises to be had, then (smelling ever so slightly of oiled wool and pub
fumes), lie with the cast of twinkling gents assembled to enact their ordained
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Evelyn is a shamelessly uplifting motion picture that
attains its feel-good status by forging a deep emotional connection between the
undertrodden protagonist and the audience.''
Review Good "Evelyn is directed by Bruce Beresford, who may have
chosen the straightforward classic style as a deliberate decision: It signals us
that the movie will not be tarted up with modern touches, spring any illogical
surprises, or ask for other than genuine emotions.''
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Review Average "While Brosnan, an Irishman by birth, lays it on bit thick,
his performance is surprisingly effective. Bruce Bereford makes the best of a
workmanlike script, the children — particularly young Vavasseur — are
undeniably adorable, and there's a nice turn by Alan Bates as a boozy ex-rugby
hero who also happens to be an expert on Irish family law.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Being a limited release film, there wasn't a big turn out at the theater, but it's easy to see that those who saw "Evelyn" were glad they did. With most rating it "Excellent" and not a single low review I certainly have no problem recommending "Evelyn."
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Based on true events, Evelyn tells the inspiring story of real-life
hero Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) and his young children, Evelyn (Sophie
Vavasseur), Maurice, and Dermot. Abandoned by his wife, Doyle does his best
to make it as a single dad, raising his kids alone in Ireland in 1953. Their
life isn't easy – but above all else in the world, Doyle loves his children.
Unfortunately, when his wife's mother reports her daughter's abandonment to
the authorities, the power of the Church and the Irish courts take his children
away and put them in orphanages. Doyle is devastated.
Vowing to reunite his family, he enlists the help of new friend Bernadette
Beattie (Julianna Margulies), her solicitor brother Michael (Stephen
Rea), their American lawyer friend Nick (Aidan Quinn), and Nick's
mentor Tom Connolly (Alan Bates). Together they attempt to do what has
never been done before – challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. Doyle's
fight to keep his family intact becomes an uplifting testament to the strength
of a father's love and the power of the human spirit.