His and Hers one of the best Irish productions you are likely to see on screen this year

During the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival a friend recommend that I see His & Hers. Unfortunately I was unable to get there on the day it was on. It went on to win the audience award at JIFF among other international acclaim. Last night I got a chance to see it at the Lighthouse cinema.

The opening caption on the screen translates an old Irish proverb “A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”

Given the caption one may have thought that this documentary would focus on Irish men, but in fact it’s Irish women’s perspective on the connection boyfriend’s, fathers and husbands play in their lives. All women featured are from the midlands starting off with very young toddler and moving on through the various stages of life to old age.

What make this documentary so interesting is the openness, honesty and ease they way each of these women spoke about their relationship with men. There were many humorous moments, some remarks verging on revealing intimate details, and at times some insights were both deeply moving and sad. All of which you could sense from the audience reaction last night in the theatre.

Director Ken Wardrop has done an excellent job with the way it flows without any need for voice overs or questions as part of the documentary. All participants appeared to be very relaxed and totally unaware of the presence of  a camera which is no mean feat. I would imagine that Ken would be very reluctant to do a follow up on the Irish male perspective, given our difficult to speak with such tenderness and openness.

This in my opinion will rank as one of the best Irish productions you are likely to see on screen this year. I would highly recommend it to all movies goers, it’s a very fitting tribute to all Irish women. I only wish I could have bought my own mother to see it.

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