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Circle of Friends


Three young women go to Dublin to study – one of the topics is boys, apparently, and “Benny” Hogan (Minnie Driver) falls in love with a medical student (Chris O’Donnell). Director Pat O’Connor’s audience-pleaser deals with young people’s first experience of love and sex in the 1950s. Perhaps a point of interest to modern viewers living in our oversexed society; the movie is well constructed and you get a credible sense of that particular period in Ireland. The script covers the relationships in the film in a humorous, tender way, but it all lacks bite. Driver is excellent as Benny, a good catholic who doesn’t want to make enemies with the church. 

1995-U.S.-Ireland. 96 min. Color. Directed by Pat O’Connor. Novel: Maeve Binchy. Cast: Chris O’Donnell (Jack Foley), Minnie Driver (Bernadette ”Benny” Hogan), Geraldine O’Rawe (Eve), Saffron Burrows, Alan Cumming, Colin Firth.



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