interMission

interMission marks the directorial debut of John Crowley, who has assembled some of Ireland’s finest actors to create a cinematic pastiche which the film’s publicists describe as an “urban love story.”

There are some fine performances here, particularly outstanding being Colin Farrell’s, Lehiff, and Deidre O’Kane’s, Noeleen. Veteran actor Colm Meaney’s character of Jerry contains dual elements of menace and irony. Particular mention needs to be made of Ger Ryan who displays great subtlety in “underplaying” her role of Maura.

The look of the film is outstanding as it is “quasi-documentary” achieved by the use of hand-held camera work and disciplined framing; all courtesy of the genius of director of photography, Ryszard Lenczewski.

Crowley’s theatre background may have been an asset in his juggling of the eleven different narratives in the film. Over fifty speaking characters aid in the generation of these narratives.

It would be unjust to claim a dislike for interMission then. It is an entertaining film never betraying a lag in action nor any plot anomalies, as the characters’ lives intertwine to create and maintain the tightness of the stories unfolding.

What is disappointing, however, is that one leaves the cinema without having cared. None of the characters really evokes our sympathy, nor our disdain, nor really any emotion at all. When the film is over, the intermission is over also. The only problem is that here, the interMission is the main feature.

interMission is distributed by Hoyts.