A Man of No Importance

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"An extraordinary tale of an ordinary hero"
  • R
  • 1994
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 6.7  (1,183)
  • 62

A Man of No Importance is a 1994 drama film directed by Suri Krishnamma and starring Albert Finney, Brenda Fricker, and Michael Gambon. The film follows Alfie Byrne, a middle-aged bus conductor living in 1960s Dublin who leads a double life as a closeted homosexual. Alfie is a passionate theatre enthusiast and spends much of his free time directing plays at his local church. His latest production is the controversial Oscar Wilde play Salome, which he hopes will challenge the conservative values of his community. Alfie becomes infatuated with one of his actors, a young and handsome bus driver named Robbie, and begins to express his repressed desires through his role as director.

Robbie, unaware of Alfie's feelings, becomes engaged to a young woman, causing Alfie to spiral into a deep depression. With the help of his supportive sister, played by Fricker, and his best friend, played by Gambon, Alfie learns to confront his sexuality and come to terms with his feelings for Robbie. The film culminates in a moving final scene as Alfie finally finds the courage to express his love for Robbie.

The film shines a light on the struggles of coming out in a repressed society and the power of theatre to challenge societal norms. Finney delivers a captivating performance as Alfie, portraying the character's inner conflict with nuance and sensitivity. Fricker and Gambon also deliver strong performances as Alfie's supportive friends.

A Man of No Importance is a poignant and powerful film that explores themes of identity, sexuality, and societal expectations. It is a testament to the transformative power of theatre and a call for acceptance and understanding in a world often plagued by prejudice and intolerance.

A Man of No Importance is a 1994 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 62.

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    6.7  (1,183)
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