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Circle of Friends

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Original title
Circle of Friends
Running time
96 min.
United States United States
Andrew Davies. Novel: Maeve Binchy
Michael Kamen
Kenneth MacMillan
Savoy Pictures
Romance. Drama | Romantic Drama. 1950s. Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
Set in 1950s Ireland. Bernadette "Benny" Hogan has two close friends, Eve Malone, an orphan raised by nuns, and beautiful Nan Mahon. The three girls grow up in the small town of Knockglen. Eight years later, Nan has moved on to Dublin years earlier, and Benny and Eve have graduated from the local convent school and are heading to Dublin to attend university. Eve's education is financed by the local wealthy Westward Protestant family, her father's employers until his death. The family has also willed to her a cottage on their property. Eve boards at a convent in Dublin, while Benny must commute daily between home and Dublin, her parents being loath to let her go. They would prefer she marry the loathsome and creepy Sean Walsh, her father's faithful employee at his tailor shop.

Once in Dublin the two girls reconnect with a mature and sophisticated Nan who is quite aware of her bewitching effect on the opposite sex. Benny eventually falls in love with Jack Foley, a handsome rugby player and doctor's son, studying medicine and expected to follow in his father's footsteps, though he is not quite convinced that this is the career for him. After the College Ball, Benny and Jack begin a relationship, Eve starts to date Aidan, a friend of Jack's, and Nan becomes involved with the much older Simon Westward, who the group ran into as they entered the dance and whom Nan "accidentally" arranged to run into at a lunch. While Benny is able to resist a physical relationship with Jack, Nan is not and believes that Simon truly loves her.
1995: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Most Promising Actress (Minnie Driver)
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