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Sanctuary review: Sensitive take on illegal tryst


By Damon Smith

Len Collin directs a sensitively observed love story, adapted by Christian O'Reilly from his stage play of the same title.

Larry (Kieran Coppinger) is madly in love with Sophie (Charlene Kelly) and they would dearly like to consummate their relationship, but since they are both intellectually challenged, Section 5 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993 in Irish law prevents them from having sex without first getting married.

Larry persuades sympathetic care worker Tom (Robert Doherty) to use his savings to book a hotel room during a group outing to Galway.

While the rest of the gang, including Matthew (Paul Connolly), Peter (Michael Hayes), Sandy (Emer Macken) and William (Frank Butcher), are watching a film at a cinema, Tom chaperones Larry and Sophie to the hotel for some quality time alone.

Unfortunately, other members of the group leave the cinema early and embark on their own journeys of self-discovery without Tom's supervision.

Three stars

Persona: Identities meld in Bergman classic

A glorious re-release of Ingmar Bergman's daring 1966 study of womanhood, which screens as part of the global celebrations to mark the centenary of the birth of the world-renowned Swedish filmmaker.

Adored actress Elizabeth (Liv Ullmann) is struck down with a mystery psychosomatic illness that renders her mute.

She retires to the coast in the hope of convalescing, under the care of nurse Alma (Bibi Andersson).

The two women's identities begin to merge as nurse and patient become embroiled in a psychological struggle for supremacy.


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