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Inside I'm Dancing (2004)

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Release Date
 USA: Feb 4, 2005
 UK: 15 Oct 2004
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 14, 2005

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for language.

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country UK, Ireland, France

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• Inside I'm Dancing (2004)
• Rory O'Shea Was Here

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Genre: Drama

Tagline: Live life like you mean it.

Plot: The winner of the Audience Award at the 2004 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rory O'Shea Was Here is an extraordinary story of determination that fuses highly emotional drama with bracingly boisterous humor. Inspired by the experiences of real people, the film follows two young men with physical disabilities as they band together and seize an opportunity to savor life on their own terms.

All his life, Michael Connolly (Steven Robertson) has lived in the residential care of Dublin's Carrigmore Home for the Disabled. Michael has cerebral palsy, uses a motorized wheelchair, and has a significant speech impairment. Most people find it difficult to make out what he is saying, and simply stop trying. But Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy), a new arrival at Carrigmore, is not like most people -- or any of the other Carrigmore residents. Rory is able to understand Michael. Rory has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle-wasting condition. All Rory has are the use of two of his fingers, partial movements of his head -- and unlimited use of his mouth.

These two young men form a friendship that empowers them to look beyond Carrigmore and its inflexible supervisor Eileen (Brenda Fricker). After the rebellious and outspoken Rory masterminds a field trip to pub and nightclub,

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 External Reviews
external linkRory O'Shea Was Here treads a fine line between offering an unvarnished look at the tribulations of being disabled and stumbling into the realm of Hollywood-inspired claptrap. At its best, Damien O'Donnell's film peers into aspects of the lives of its protagonists that might be overlooked by other films. At its worst, it veers into a morass of cloying and artificial sentimentality. 2.5/4

external linkFunny and moving, and more entertaining than some of the movies you are considering this weekend. 3/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

external link"Rory O'Shea Was Here" tips off its ending in its title, and of course, everyone realizes the value of a life well lived once its gone, even if it bugged the heck out of them at the time. On the other hand, the life that goes out of the film in its finalscenes confirms the lack of McAvoy's spirited presence. B-
--Laura Clifford

 Directed by
Damien O'Donnell
East Is East, Heartlands
 Written by
Jeffrey Caine
The Constant Gardener
Alan King
Bat*21, Studs, The Honeymooners
Brenda Fricker
A Time to Kill, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, So I Married an Axe Murderer
Ruth McCabe
My Left Foot, Circle of Friends, The Snapper
James McAvoy
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wimbledon, The Pool
Anna Healy
Tom Hickey
My Left Foot, Possession, Circle of Friends
 Music By
David Julyan
Memento, Insomnia, The Descent

external linkEnjoyable, moving comedy-drama with likeable characters, a strong script and impressive performances by Robertson and McAvoy. 4/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

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