Dir Pat Collins UK/Ireland 2023 107 mins Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in 1980s Ireland, the award-winning film That They May Face The Rising Sun is a sensitive and beautifully realised adaptation of the last novel by John McGahern. The film tells the story of Joe and Kate who return from London to live and work in a small,?close-knit community in rural Ireland, close to where Joe grew up. Joe is a writer and Kate is an artist and photographer who retains part ownership of a London gallery. Now embedded in a remote lakeside setting, the drama of a year in their lives and those of their neighbours unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons. Collins has crafted a delicate, meditative exploration of ritual, community bonds, and the question of how best to live. A quietly stunning adaptation of a book by a writer concerned with the ways Irish lives were changing and modernising in the 20th century, with gorgeous scenery filmed on the shore of Loch Na Fooey in County Galway.

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