A Date for Mad Mary

Director: Darren Thornton
2016 | Ireland | 82m
GENRE: Comedy | Lesbian | Relationships | Romance | Sexuality
SECTION: World Cinema


Mary has always been a firecracker — picking fights, mouthing off, and getting wasted at the pub with her best mate, Charlene. But after serving six months in lockup, Mary returns home to find that Charlene has moved on; she’s more interested in her upcoming wedding than in reliving old times. Wounded and lonely, Mary sets off on a series of progressively awkward (and unsuccessful) blind dates with local blokes to show Charlene she can find a date to her wedding.

All seems lost until Mary meets Jess, the cute videographer (and folk singer) hired to film the wedding. After a few fits and starts, Jess and Mary get close one night, and Mary finds herself actually having feelings for someone. But when Jess suspects that Mary has something to prove and confronts her about it, their new ties begin to unravel, and Mary must choose between staying true to her old self and the chance to change. Seána Kerslake (Mary), Tara Lee (Jess), and Charleigh Bailey (Charlene) give nuanced performances in this universal story of shifting friendships and loyalties, and Tara Lee’s live musical performances are an added bonus.

Written and directed by Darren Thornton, this feature set in Drogheda, Ireland, is a sweet and melancholic film about letting go of the past — in order to make room for your future.



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