Dir: Terry McMahon
Patrick is a warm, open, twenty-six year old virgin schizophrenic. Pills and his mother’s protection mean he is no threat to himself or anyone else. Until he falls in love.
Directed by Terry McMahon - who previously impressed Revelation’s audiences with Charlie Casanova - Patrick’s Day is a powerful drama that further cements McMahon’s role in forefront of the new wave of independent Irish cinema. In Patrick’s Day, McMahon turns his focus onto Patrick (Moe Dunford, best known for Vikings), a young man with a mental illness who becomes temporarily separated from his overbearing dominant mother (Kerry Fox – Shallow Grave,
The Dressmaker). An ensuing night spent with a suicidal young-woman (Catherine Walker) has radical and far-reaching consequences for all concerned, and especially the innocent Patrick.
On the surface Patrick’s Day is more immediately accessible than McMahon’s previous offering, and it is perhaps a more fully developed work, but it retains the anger and frustrations of the previous movie and under McMahon’s driven direction the cast deliver incredible performances, in a powerful film about family and contemporary society.
A provocative and heart-breaking love story about the right to intimacy for everyone, Patrick’s Day proves, when it comes to love, we’re all a little crazy.
“As a powerful portrait of mental paranoia, McMahon’s movie might be among the best that cinema has produced. It’s certainly the best that Irish cinema has produced, though its depiction is deeply disturbing.” The Irish Post
Screens with: I Remember You