Rory O'Shea Was Here
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"Rory O'Shea Was Here" centers on the lives of two young men trapped in Carrigmore, a Dublin care home "for special people." Lifelong resident Michael Connelly has cerebral palsy, which leaves him with tremors, limited manual dexterity (he is a wheelchair user), and a severe speech impairment. Abandoned by his famous barrister father, quiet, shy Michael is intelligent, but is frustrated by his lack of ability to communicate. He is reduced to pointing at letters on a chart, since his speech comes out as a series of grunts and moans. He has resigned himself to a dull existence at Carrigmore, forced to watch children's cartoons with the other patients.
All of this changes with the arrival of Rory O'Shea, a twenty-year-old punk in a motorized wheelchair, completely paralyzed except for two fingers by advanced Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Rory bursts into placid Carrigmore like an angry whirlwind, all leather, spiked hair, and a nose ring, offering a scathing nonstop commentary. He quickly angers supervisor Eileen (Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot) by blasting Slipknot in the middle of the night, and seeks an accomplice to gel his hair once the nurses are banned to do so.
Quiet, rule-abiding Michael resents the loud, obnoxious Rory, until he discovers that Rory can understand his laboured speech and act as his interpreter.Read more ›
a true individual, and a hero on wheels..but a nightmare for the uptight,rigid institutional staff. Letting them know his true opinion of them with his actions more than his words. The scenes between Rory and staff are hysterical !
The compassion this young guy has for fellow lock-up Michael is very touching, although Rory does use Michael to his own advantage,it's definitely a great bond between them.
Performances of James McAvoy and Steven Robertson is masterful. Played so thoughtfully and naturally.
A glimmer in Steven's eyes binds him well to the character he portrays so powerfully.
Lastly the story itself is a great one. It proves that anyone with any kind of limitations should still be allowed all liberties. Amen.
Note: I wasn't familiar with James McAvoy's work, (he plays Rory O'Shea), but remembered seeing him in the widely acclaimed WWII epic television drama, "Band of Brothers." What a talented young actor! Scottish, too!! Never would have guessed, because he has such a great American accent. Looking forward to seeing more of his films.
A beautiful young woman, named Siobhan (Romola Garai) agrees to work for them as their independent aide, helping them get settled and caring for them with remarkable devotion. They first met when she rescued them from a fight earlier in the movie during the two guys' escape to a local pub, spending the collection money they've just raised that afternoon on drinks with two other women they've met as Rory's wicked idea of showing Michael a good time. Rory's bad manners, intermittent use of profanity, risky behavior, and suggestive sarcasm contrasts sharply with Michael's modest, shy, and law-abiding demeanor. Yet the two find strength and inspiration in each other as their emotional bond with Siobhan deepens with gratitude and admiration.
The three characters complete each other, giving each a sense of higher purpose and meaningful relationship with one another. The three of them share great times together, shopping, going out to the park, listening to music, reading, sharing laughs until the love and tension between them grows to unbearable parameters. Brilliant movie!
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One of my top favorite movies. Great performances and great message. Tissue needed :)Published 5 months ago by leevh19
This movie was pretty good and quite touching. I reccommend watching it.Published 6 months ago by Jonny Sigs
Saw this movie years ago and still love it. Became an instant fan of James McAvoy. Highly recommend this one.Published 7 months ago by Luna
I found this movie to be both original and beautiful. It honestly made me appreciate life just a little more. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DOnny Morgan
A great comedy drama about two disabled boys in an institution in Ireland. They learn to advocate for themselves and live independently!Published 14 months ago by Marilyn D. Cogan
The acting by the two men playing the roles of physically disabled dudes is magnificent...I have worked in this field for 40 years and did not know until I read a review after... Read morePublished 14 months ago by yeiter
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