Tara Road

6.01 h 40 min2006X-Ray13+
Two women, one American and one Irish, swap houses and alter the course of their lives. Starring Andie MacDowell, Iain Glen, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Olivia Williams.
Gillies MacKinnon
Andie MacDowellOlivia WilliamsMaria Doyle Kennedy
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Iain Glen
Miron BlumentalBrigid OlenNoel PearsonSarah Radclyffe
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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LightHearted1Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Film stands on its own 3.5*
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Haven't read the book, so no comparing there. People, women especially, dealing with different kinds of loss and grief move to very different environments to get perspective and find a way to deal with the impossible situations they face. While there is romance in the air, this isn't a romcom. This is whole families, children and the extended people in our lives that are like families, plus intrigue and betrayal, infidelity and financial ruin into the bargain. There are subplots to the major storylines. And there are those who show up and bring something that we need. Sometimes it looks like chaos. Out of the chaos -- order. There's a great song, "out of the..." Very enjoyable, nice storytelling, not too Hollywood, more like a good indy film. Andy MacDowell, Stephen Rea, Brenda Blethan -- bring something to the screen, gravitas.
18 people found this helpful
KatieScarlettReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Movie About Two Women
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This is an intricately woven story of love, loss, and betrayal that will leave you felling good at the end. It takes place in both the United States and Ireland. The excellently crafted script is thoughtful and addresses timeless problems that many of us may face at some time in our lives. If you like movies about how hardships make you a better person, and if you like movies about women who grow to become stronger through those trials, then you will love this movie. I recommended it for anyone of almost any age, but be aware that it does have a mature theme, so it is probably not something younger children would appreciate.
7 people found this helpful
colferfanReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you're a Maeve Binchy fan, this is for you.
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The book is better because there's so much more of it but the movie is really enjoyable. There's a brief cameo of the author in Colm's bar if you watch for her, btw. It's nice to have faces to go with the characters in the book. I could quibble with the casting of the philandering husband but I liked the rest of the cast.
5 people found this helpful
SylviastelReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Truth Will Set You Free!
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It is somewhat a depressing film at times. Andie MacDowell and Olivia Williams play Marilyn Vine and Ria, respectively. Marilyn Vine suffers a tragic loss when her son died on his fifteenth birthday in a bizarre accident in Connecticut. It is shown in the first five minutes of the movie. Ria learns her husband is having an affair with her best friend. Both women connect by chance on the telephone. They decide to swap their homes and lives as well without the husbands. Marilyn's marriage has fallen apart as well. Their friends help them cope in their new environments.

Ruby Wax OBE played eccentric Carlotta, Marilyn's friend and neighbor, in their Connecticut suburb. Stephen Rea and Brenda Fricker help Marilyn in Ireland. The DVD comes with a fifteen minute interview with the author, Maeve Binchy, who has a cameo. This film is more for the Hallmark and Lifetime film channels where it would gave an appreciative audiences. I am a fan of Ruby Wax so I wanted to see it. Other than Ruby's performance, the film was satisfactory and adequate.

What bothered me is that they substituted Cape Town, South Africa for Connecticut. I wished they actually filmed the Connecticut scenes in the states especially Connecticut itself. There were unfamiliar faces in the film as well. They also shot the Ireland scenes in Ireland. Maeve Binchy has become one of Ireland's most celebrated novelists and rightfully so. I was happy that the interview included her cameo in the film as a restaurant patron. She comes across quite lovely and warm in the interview as well. She talked about Oprah Winfrey when she chose her novel as Book of the Month Club.
9 people found this helpful
Integrated LivingReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Badly acted, badly written
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A story like this, with actors like Andie MacDowell who is infinitely better in literally every other film she has done, could have been good. But with such a clunky, awkward script and really bad acting all around, it was a waste of 2 hours that never redeems itself. Pick something else.
4 people found this helpful
Dianne VReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
The Holiday did it so much better
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Same storyline as "The Holiday" 2006, except The Holiday was better in every way! Tara Rd is cheesy and poorly acted. Huge disappointment.
4 people found this helpful
Naomi L ReuvenReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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A complete disconnect from the novel! If you enjpyed the book, do yourself a favor and skip the movie. Big disappointment.
7 people found this helpful
Michael P.Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entanglements, infidelities, grief and some processing
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I never read the book, so I thought the movie had some merits. I think it portrayed what often happens in marital relationships when infidelities occur: much pain and a lot of chaotic behavior before (and if) genuine processing occurs.
The tragic incident that led to grief for one of the main characters, seemed to be realistically portrayed. Although it seems that marriages often fail when events like that occur, the marriage barely survived.
Some resolution occurred.
I liked the movie and think it is a good movie for those who have suffered through grief, especially the grief that occurs when one has been betrayed in a marital relationship.
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