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Rory O'Shea Was Here (Sous-titres français) [Import]

James McAvoy , Romola Garai , Damien O'Donnell    R (Restricted)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Great Irish Movie! Jan. 12 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My criteria for buying a DVD of a movie that I have already seen is, "Will I watch it often?" I've watched Rory O'Shea ("Inside I'm Dancing" in the UK and Eire) over and over and it never loses it's freshness. You will be laughing, close to tears (or actually crying)while watching this movie. It's a wonderful story of hope when everything seems hopeless and the triumph of the human spirit. Brilliantly produced and directed with flawless performances by all the actors. Buy it: you won`t be sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Disability Culture May 16 2007
By Dave and Joe TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Few movies deal with disability issues and even fewer have main characters with such significant disabilities. There is huge payoff in this film as it gets almost everything right. The desire for life in the community - out of the home. The frustrations, and joys, of a disability identity. Though the actors do not have disabilities themselves, they make you believe they do. A fine, fine, fine film. For those into disability arts and culture, or those wishing to be, this film is a great first start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Rory O'Shea" was well worth the wait! April 24 2005
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been waiting to see this movie for six months, and thanks to the kindness of strangers, a showing was arranged on campus. After months of reading reviews and contenting myself with watching the trailer and assorted clips, I finally had the chance to become acquainted with Rory O'Shea.

"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. Michael becomes Rory's partner in crime as the two sneak off on a pub crawl during a collection, cementing an unlikely friendship and giving Michael a taste of the world outside. Michael is inspired to apply for an independent living grant so that the two can have their own flat and carer (Rory has been turned down three times for his irresponsibility), on the condition that Rory comes with him to serve as interpreter.

The rest of the film centers on their adjustments to living on their own, and the daily trials and tribulations the two face. They hire Siobhan, a beautiful young woman that they met at a club, as their live-in carer. At first, the threesome share in good times, feasting on delicacies and going for walks in the park, but the two men soon fall for Siobhan, Michael openly and Rory secretly. We are witness to Michael's painful humiliation and Rory's broken heart, hidden by venomous comments and a tough exterior. The growing tension threatens to rip the fabric of their new life apart, but it takes a crisis to show them the meaning of friendship.

Rory and Michael teach us important lessons through the tears and smiles: to accept without pitying, to live every day to its fullest, to not be afraid to take chances. The film walks a delicate line between humor and drama, with plenty of searing one-liners from Rory and more serious reflections on abandonment, fear, and loneliness. By the end of the film, there is no doubt that "Rory O'Shea Was Here."

("Rory O'Shea Was Here" will be released on DVD on June 14, containing trailers, outtakes, and an alternate ending. The film is rated R and contains several sexually suggestive scenes and a good deal of profanity.)
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Story From Beginning to Heartbreaking End Feb. 11 2007
By Tom O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie was so much better than I expected. It is a beautifully told story from every aspect---writing, directing and very especially acting. I rented this because James McAvoy is brilliant in The Last King of Scotland. Well, he's brilliant here too! This guy is the real deal. Like Daniel Craig before him, McAvoy just needs a huge juicy part to become an international superstar. For the moment I'm thrilled just with his acting. Oh, and he looks damn good too. Even in a wheelchair. Bravo to one and all.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional ,Exciting, Inspiring and Convincing April 19 2007
By Groovin' guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Character Rory O'Shea is a work of art, clever, mischievous and very funny.

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.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem--Highly Recommended! Jan. 7 2006
By RJRo20 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I really, really enjoyed this movie! It includes a great cast, terrific acting, and wonderful storyline about two young, wheelchair-bound men, coping with their disabilities and trying to live life as "normal" people do. It's a universal and emotionally provoking film--a story about love and friendship. It's funny, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining. By the end of the movie, I was sad to see the credits roll; I ended up caring about the two main characters! If you're looking for a nice comedy-drama, then I highly recommend watching this film.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Adventure in Modern Days! Laugh, cry, and be inspired-- all in one package! Oct. 29 2006
By Rod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A new way of life all on their own becomes an exciting reality for Michael, a shy guy in a wheelchair with a speech impediment, and the equally impaired yet loud and clear Rory, as both their independent living grants are finally approved. Rory's gift of understanding became instrumental in Michael's freedom from the confines of institutional living. Michael's tactful application and a suitable apartment they both convinced his now successful father to pay for, allows them to explore the meaning of independence, establishing a friendship between two very different personalities.

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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