The Miracle

Set in Bray, Ireland, the seaside hometown of writer-director Neil Jordan (The Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa), this is a somewhat dreamlike tale about a teenage musician (Niall Byrne) falling in love with a mysterious woman (Beverly D’Angelo), an actress starring in a nearby stage production of Destry Rides Again, whose true shocking identity is eventually revealed. For better and for worse, it’s a rather self-conscious and literary mood piece, depending largely on local color and the charm of the principal actors (who also include Lorraine Pilkington as the hero’s best friend) to hold one’s interest. Donal McCann (The Dead) plays the hero’s morose musician father. (JR)

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