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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: October 29, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

    One Hundred Mornings

    Fiona McCann

    Finally got to see Conor Horgan’s exceptional debut feature, One Hundred Mornings, last night. Though set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland, this subtle, intelligent film focuses on the human drama played out among its four central characters rather than the science fiction future of a Western world that has somehow fallen apart. Beautifully shot in muted, earthy colours, One Hundred Mornings is both harrowing and humorous, though the overarching tone is one of grim stoicism. Horgan elicits some fine performances from his tiny cast, and a cloying claustrophobia is expertly juxtaposed with a vast, surrounding emptiness. The film premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July, but has yet to get a general release: in case it does, I won’t go into any further detail though I’d love to witter on about the joy of a new film talent and the finer points of the flick, but if it does, and you do get a chance to see it, then do. And you don’t have to take my word for it: here’s what yon Screenwriter Donald Clarke said about it.

    • Séamus says:

      Had not heard of the film, it sounds interesting, hope it makes it stateside, thanks!

    • Fiona says:

      Seamus: Definitely one to watch, if you get the chance! There’s this review on Quiet Earth, but I don’t know if that means that it’s been screened in the States at some festival or other? http://www.quietearth.us/articles/2009/07/31/Review-of-Irish-apocalyptic-drama-ONE-HUNDRED-MORNINGS

    • Michelle says:

      Saw this film tonight expecting much and we were both unbelievably disappointed. It is just so bad. There is no real dramatic tension, no real characterisation so you couldn’t care less about the characters, the situations are not believable, their relationships are not believable – I don’t mean that the events in the story are not believable – it’s just that they unfold without any real emotional impact on the viewer. It’s not particularly well-shot, there is no real visceral sense of place as there could have been, or any particular atmosphere. The film is not emotionally engaging at all. There is cliche to beat the band. I felt as though I was stuck in that dreary cabin with them being absolutely bored to death. My partner was a good reality check that it wasn’t just me that was shaking my head in disbelief. We both felt it was like a film that might be made by film students. Compared to a film like The Road – well, there is no comparison.

    • Kieran says:

      Yet another plodding and unimpressive Irish movie that is backed firmly by those within the cliquey arts community. Really have to wonder why it was made. No real plot, annoying characters, poor cinematography, non-existent soundtrack. Rather like the underwhelming Monsters, it’s just about a relationship where the apocalypse is a mere backdrop. Also had to sit through a terrible short (by same director if memory serves correctly) beforehand in the IFI which didn’t help. Even watching Deal Or No Deal would be more rewarding than spending time on this. The unimpressed silence in the theatre afterwards spoke volumes.

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