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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

1987

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  • Clayton suffered a stroke, and many of his projects did not come to fruition, but he made a notable return with The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne. This 1987 film is slightly more conventional, or less feverish, than his earlier work, though he does make use of an unusual effect: he slightly distorts Maggie Smith’s screaming voice in the enormously painful scene where the alcoholic Irish dreamer she plays, Judith Hearne, physically assaults an altar in a church.

  • The Dublin settings, more photogenic than the novel's Belfast, are bleakly beautiful (even if the film's DVD release is one of the ugliest transfers I've ever seen) and the central duo do far more than convince: their problems become, for the duration of the film, more urgent and more compelling than our own.