|LIFE'S A BREEZE (director/writer: Lance Daly; cinematographer: Lance Daly; editor: Shimmy Marcus ; music: Lance Daly/Declan Quinn/Eugene Quinn; cast: Kelly Thornton (Emma), Fionnula Flanagan (Nan), Pat Shortt (Colm), Eva Birthistle (Margaret); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Macdara Kelleher/Lance Daly; Magnolia Pictures; 2013-Ireland/Sweden)|
story is not much, but the likable characters
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Lance Daly ("The Halo Effect"/"The
Good Doctor"/"Kisses") directs this breezy sitcom
comedy about a working-class Dublin family trying to
retrieve a mattress mistakenly thrown away that was
stuffed with money. The mundane story is not much, but
the likable characters are fun. Tthe contrived
Hollywood-like comedy makes for passable
story is told from the point of view of the
13-year-old Emma (Kelly Thornton).
elderly Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) is a hoarder,
living in a cluttered flat with her dim-witted
unemployed son Colm (Pat Shortt).
When her other two kids, also on the dole, plan a
surprise birthday party for her and plan to put in new
appliances, Nan's niece Emma gets her out of
the flat to keep her company while her well-meaning
children clean out the place. When Nan returns, she
informs them that nearly a million
Euros has been thrown out along with her junk,
newspapers and old furniture. After the shock
sinks in that Nan might be telling the truth, though
no one is sure of that, a community search party is
organized to find where the mattress may have landed.
feisty 79-year-old Fionnula Flanagan gives a
winning performance, in this playful small film of
REVIEWED ON 12/5/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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