SATURDAY Oct 7th –  8:15PM (82 min)
Payne Park screening


In this wonderfully poignant Irish charmer from first-time director Darren Thornton, “Mad” Mary McArdle returns to her suburban Dublin home after six months in gaol for an incident she’d rather forget. Meanwhile, her best friend, Charlene, is soon to be married with Mary set to be her maid of honor, a situation neither woman seems particularly thrilled about. When Charlene refuses Mary a plus-one on the grounds that she probably won’t find a dateMary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are disastrous, and she winds up feeling even more alone than before until she meets Jess, Charlene’s wedding videographer, who, like Mary, is equally adrift around blissfully happy couples. Amid all the wedding madness, Mary and Jess connect, and what starts as a friendship soon becomes more intimate. However, when Charlene learns of Mary‘s new love, it further complicates their already fraught friendship, and Maryrealizes that if she doesn’t take responsibility for her life soon, she may lose both Charlene and Jess. As Mary, Seana Kerslake gives a breakthrough performance, investing her character with a foulmouthed charm that manages to be sassy and sardonic, yet vulnerably tender.

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