Circle of Friends
- 1 hr 43 min
Based on the novel by Maeve Binchy, Circle of Friends is the story of three Irish girls from the small town of Knocklong coming of age in the 1950s. It stars Minnie Driver as Bernadette "Benny" Hogan, Saffron Burrows as Nan Mahon, and Geraldine O'Rawe as Eve Malone. The film was directed by Irish filmmaker Pat O'Connor. Benny struggles with her weight and the pressures of being the only child of lower-class parents. Eve is an orphan who grew up with nuns, and Nan is their beautiful and sophisticated friend who always seems to get into trouble. Benny and Nan move to Dublin to attend university, where Nan is already living. The girls then find themselves in a whirlwind of romantic entanglements and difficult choices. Co-starring as the men in their lives are Chris O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Aidan Gillen, and Colin Firth. Benny's relationship with the handsome and wealthy Jack Foley, played by O'Donnell, forms the main romantic plot of the film; however, the themes of friendship and growing up are featured heavily.