Titanic Town

on September 01, 2000 by Kevin Courrier
   "Titanic Town" is an intelligent film that calls up memories of Chris Menges' "A World Apart" in the way it explores how the political activism of parents affects their children. Bernie (Julie Walters) is a housewife with four children who has just moved into a Catholic housing estate in 1970s Belfast. When violence constantly threatens their lives, she campaigns for peace by walking the line between the IRA and the British government. Meanwhile, her daughter's love affair with a young Irish boy is disrupted by Bernie's actions, which sends a rift through the family.

   "Titanic Town" has moments of real tension when it deals with the random violence of terrorist activity, but by making the daughter's romance the catalyst for mother/daughter conflict, we never come to understand the bond between them (as we did in the mother/daughter "A World Apart").

   "Titanic Town" is a dignified movie with good intentions that unfortunately falls short of its promise.    Starring Julie Walters, Ciaran Hinds, Nuala O'Neill and James Loughran. Directed by Roger Mitchell. Written by Anne Devlin. Produced by George Faber and Charlie Paterson. A Shooting Gallery release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 101 min.

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