A Further Gesture

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  • R
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 5.8  (391)

A Further Gesture is a 1997 film directed by Robert Dornhelm and starring Stephen Rea, Alfred Molina, and Rosana Pastor. The movie is a political thriller that deals with the conflict in Northern Ireland between the IRA and the British government. The story follows Michael Riordan (Stephen Rea), an Irishman who has spent years in a British prison for his involvement with the IRA. After his release, he travels to New York City to start a new life, but finds himself drawn back into the conflict when he meets a group of activists who are planning a bombing campaign against the British.

The film focuses on Michael's struggle to reconcile his past actions with his desire for a peaceful future. He is haunted by his involvement in the death of an innocent civilian during one of his missions and struggles with the morality of violence. Meanwhile, he is drawn to the new group of activists who see him as a hero and believe that his experience and knowledge can be used to win the fight against the British.

Michael is also torn between two romantic interests. He meets a beautiful Spanish activist named Marisol (Rosana Pastor) who wants to help him in his quest for peace. But he is also drawn to Anna (Mia Farrow), a wealthy New Yorker who lost her husband in the World Trade Center bombing and is looking for a cause to fill the void in her life. Both women represent different paths for Michael and he must choose which way to go.

The film is a gripping and thought-provoking examination of the cycle of violence that plagues Northern Ireland. It raises important questions about the morality of political violence and the true meaning of freedom. The performances of the lead actors are outstanding, particularly Stephen Rea, who delivers a powerful and nuanced performance as Michael. Alfred Molina also shines as the leader of the activist group, bringing a sense of urgency and passion to the role.

The film is beautifully shot, with scenes set in both New York and Ireland which are contrasted to show the similarities and differences between the two cultures. The use of symbolism, such as the recurring image of a bird in flight, adds depth to the story and highlights the desire for freedom that drives the characters.

Overall, A Further Gesture is a masterful film that offers a unique and insightful perspective on the conflict in Northern Ireland. It is both a thrilling political thriller and a poignant exploration of the human cost of violence. The film offers no easy answers, but instead challenges the viewer to consider the complexities of the conflict and the importance of seeking a peaceful resolution.

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    1 hr 37 min
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    5.8  (391)