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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2000 (July-December) » The Nephew, starring Pierce Brosnan « Previous Next »

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Nichole (spider-mtc-tc054.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.105.174)
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 01:39 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I wonder if any of my Irish speaking friends have seen the movie "The Nephew." If so, there is a particular scene where the American boy (the nephew) sings a song in Gaelic (I THINK!) It has a very sad, beautiful melody. In that scene, they are at a wake. All I have to offer is the phoenetic version of what I heard. Does anyone know this song?
It sounds like this: "Fin, fin ah-roo-noh"

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Dennis (proxy1-external.sttln1.wa.home.com - 24.4.254.154)
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 01:31 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

"fill, fill, a rún ó" ?? = return, return o my love

Conas a bhí an scannán? How was the movie?

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Nichole (spider-th012.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.213.47)
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

It was pretty funny. It's about a woman who left Ireland when she was in her late teens, early twenties and moved to New York. She had a son and lived there until she died. That's where the movie picks up...We never see "Karen" in the film, but everything revolves around her life. Her son goes to Ireland (I don't know if Innis Dara is a real place or not, but that's the setting.) I don't want to give away too much of the plot in case you ever see it. It has some interesting twists. One of the most remarkable aspects of the movie, I thought, was the way the two cultures intertwined.
Thanks for the translation, Dennis!

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Nichole (spider-wg053.proxy.aol.com - 205.188.196.43)
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 11:30 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

P.S. I might have given the wrong impression that The Nephew was a comedy, when it could be better described as a drama, bittersweet, but rich with humor. I also forgot to mention that when Karen's grown son goes to Ireland, he takes her ashes with him. It is with Karen's older, domineering brother Tony that Chad, the nephew, goes to live. Of course, there are a great many unresolved issues concerning his mother and why she left Ireland, but I'll say no more! I don't want to spoil it for you. If you do rent it any time soon, some of the best scenes are with Paddy, Uncle Tony's farm hand.
I am rather partial, however, to "Waking Ned Divine". What a hoot!

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Laigheanach (ts13-055.dublin.indigo.ie - 194.125.173.55)
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 02:02 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

It's kinda sad, because the actor who played Chad's uncle in "The Nephew" and the actor who played the main ould fella who planned to take the lottery money from "Ned Devine" are both passed away.Their names were Dónal macCann and Ian Bannen, respectively.

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Laigheanach (ts13-055.dublin.indigo.ie - 194.125.173.55)
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 02:06 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

It's kinda sad, because the actor who played Chad's uncle in "The Nephew" and the actor who played the main ould fella who planned to take the lottery money from "Ned Devine" are both passed away.Their names were Dónal macCann and Ian Bannen, respectively.

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Nichole (spider-tn022.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.207.52)
Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:34 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Do you know when or how Donal macCann died? He couldn't have been more than sixty years old.....I am stunned!
Ian Bannen was 72. He was involved in a car accident while on holiday in Scotland. I believe the article said that he was acting in another film that was unfinished at the time of his death. He had gone to Scotland to take a break for a few days before resuming the film.

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Laigheanach (ts13-136.dublin.indigo.ie - 194.125.173.136)
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2000 - 05:10 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

"Best" was Ian Bannen's last completed film.Donal McCann died in July 1999.He wasn't old but he'd had a bad drink problem earlier in his life and that more than likely shortened his life.He was in his early fifties I think.

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