Angela's Ashes

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Released 2000

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Director:
Alan Parker
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
Angela's Ashes is a dark 1999 Irish family drama based on the best-selling memoir by Frank McCourt, which recounts his remarkable life story from abject poverty to a hopeful adulthood. Frank's parents, Malachy (Robert Carlyle) and Angela McCourt (Emily Watson) moved to Brooklyn, New York in hopes of having a better life. After losing a baby daughter, Angela enters a dark depression and the McCourts and their four children return to Limerick, Ireland for a fresh start. Unfortunately, the squalid conditions make their lives worse. Malachy cannot find regular work and drinks to forget his troubles. They lose their twin sons from the infected living conditions, and they can barely afford bread. Yet, the McCourt sons grow from school boys into young men, with hope and dreams for their futures. The bleak conditions are matched by the McCourts natural humor and perseverance born of Angela's determination to keep the family alive. Alan Parker ("The Commitments") directs this historical drama that casts an unflinching eye on the horrors of poverty.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    If this beautifully made if flawed film sends people back to his book, it will have done good work for sure.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Artfully evokes the physical realities of Irish poverty, but mostly misses the humor, lyricism and emotional charge of Frank McCourt's magical and magnificent memoir

  • 60

    The New York Times

    Not since the latest fashion layout flirted with arty desolation, has misery looked this fabulously pristine.

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    Historical, dysfuntional families, poverty on display, exploring history, the low class