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A Love Divided
A Love Divided
Actors: Peter Caffrey, Brendan Conroy, Orla Brady, Liam Cunningham, Sarah Bolger
Director: Sydney Macartney
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2002     1hr 38min


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Actors: Peter Caffrey, Brendan Conroy, Orla Brady, Liam Cunningham, Sarah Bolger
Director: Sydney Macartney
Creators: Alan Moloney, Barbara McKissack, David Blake Knox, Gerry Gregg, Deirdre Dowling, Stuart Hepburn
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Religion
Studio: New Yorker Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/30/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Do whatever you have to to see this movie!
Tami Neff | Goose Creek, SC United States | 06/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Based on a true incident in County Wexford, Ireland, "A Love Divided" tells how one family's problem in dealing with a religious decision swept up first a town, and then a country. Sean and Sheila Cloney (played magnificently by Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady) are Catholic and Protestant, respectively. In order to marry in the Catholic church in Ireland (after having a civil and a Protestant ceremony first), Sheila signs the required Ne Temere pledge that she will raise any children from the marriage as Catholics. She honors this pledge for a long time as her little girls part to go to Mass with their father on Sundays while she goes to services with her father and sister. However, she draws the line when the local parish priest, Father Stafford (Tony Doyle) insists on her oldest daughter going to the Catholic school without any regard for the idea that the parents have the right to make this decision. Initially, Sean doesn't understand her insistence that the decision is theirs to make and insists the priest is right - she signed a pledge. Feeling betrayed, she steals off with her daughters, not realizing the consequences that lay ahead. It is not my intention to moralize on what the viewer should come away thinking after seeing this movie or to give my own interpretation of the message. Just see the movie . . ."
Very worthwhile
Kristin M. Anderson | North Carolina | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is among my top 25 favorites of all time. It is very much worthwhile. It is intelligent, thought-provoking, funny, sad, honest, gritty, heroic. The first time I saw it, I wrote to my closest friends and my family, and recommended it to all of them. It is a movie that touches your head and your heart, and stays with you long after you have viewed it. When the final scene is over, you will sit in amazement, and be in awe that it is a TRUE story, about people with vision, courage, and hearts full of love and committment to each other and to the truth."
I loved this movie!
Kristin M. Anderson | 06/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Based on the true life of Sean and Sheila Cloney, this is a beatiful story of love, family, and friendship being torn apart by blind prejudice and religious bigotry. It's a courageous story that will make you think, make you cry, make you smile, and make you cheer. A must-see and one of my favorite movies."
Do secret vows outweigh written ones?Man,God OR US???!
KerrLines | Baltimore,MD | 02/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

The true story of Sheila and Sean Cloney in 1950's Ireland is a story of love tested under the greatest of odds.This young and much in love couple make four marriage vows:first ,secretly before the Justice of the Peace,then in Sheila's sparcely congregated Protestant Church,next In Sean's dominant village Catholic Church and then finally a private vow strictly between the two of them that was agreed upon to be the MOST binding-their love and right to decide above any other clamour.Life was idyllic in their village.Everyone of all faiths,and even of NO faith peacefully coexisted.BUT DID THEY?When it comes time to send one of their children to school, the Catholic Priest,Father Stratton, insists that it is the parents' sworn AND signed vow before God promising to raise their children Catholic that must hold sway.Sheila believes that her and Sean's secret vow was to be the most binding...and THAT'S when the test of their true love begins.What they decide will effect their families,their friends and ultimately their own ability to keep their own private vow!
Written by Stuart Hepburn, the screenplay by Deidre Dowling is briskly paced and never lacking in tention and action.Beautifully directed by Stephen Macarthy,A LOVE DIVIDED is a cinematic eyefull filmed on location in the most breathtaking parts of Ireland and Scotland by Cedric Culliton.The film is one of the rare examples of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE coming together to film THE PERFECT STORY in THE PERFECT WAY.The continued playing and singing of the immortal Robert Burns'AE FOND KISS is woven into the texture of this cinematic marvel reminding the viewer that,as the barkeep in the town put it,"Love's too precious...and life's too long without it!" What is most interesting at the end of the film are the observations that Sheila makes:"Was it the right decision?....We may never know!" It lends pause to the Bible verse "Make no vow before men"....for you just may have to actually be holden to it! GOOD STUFF!!!!!"