GenreDrama Music directorJohn E. Keane LanguageEnglish
WriterCynthia Cidre, Shane Connaughton Release date2005 Initial releaseSeptember 29, 2005 (Republic of Ireland) CastAndie MacDowell (Marilyn), Olivia Williams (Ria), Stephen Rea (Colm), Heike Makatsch (Bernadette), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Rosemary), Brenda Fricker (Mona) Similar moviesCasanova, The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, No Reservations, From Prada to Nada, Open Hearts, Bed and Board
Tara Road is a film based on the novel of the same name by Maeve Binchy.
Two women trade houses without ever having met. They're both looking for an escape from their problems, but by running away, both come to discover a great deal about themselves.
Ria Lynch is married to Danny Lynch and they have a daughter and a son. Danny begins spending less and less time at home with his wife and children. Ria believes another baby is the solution, and is shocked to find out that indeed her husband is going to be a father - but to a child from an affair he has been having. Her husband's unfaithfulness is the event that leads Ria into her decision to switch homes with a woman from the US called Marilyn who lost her teenage son to a motorcycle accident on his birthday. Marilyn is struggling to come to terms with her son's death and has become estranged from her husband. She hopes her time in Dublin will cease her grief.
Ria and Marilyn discover deep, dark secrets about the other during the summer. The two become close friends but do not reveal the secrets.
Olivia Williams as Ria Lynch
Andie MacDowell as Marilyn Vine
Iain Glen as Danny Lynch, Ria's husband, who works at a property management company
August Zirner as Greg Vine, Marilyn's English professor husband
Stephen Rea as Colm Maguire, Ria's restaurateur friend
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Rosemary Ryan, Ria's best friend
Sarah Bolger as Annie Lynch, Ria's daughter, the older of her two offspring
Johnny Brennan as Brian Lynch, Ria's son, the younger of her two offspring
Eileen Colgan as Nora, Ria's mother
Jean-Marc Barr as Andy Vine, Greg's Los Angeles residing brother
Alan Devlin as Barney McCarthy, Danny's boss
Brenda Fricker as Mona McCarthy, Barney's wife
Ruby Wax as Carlotta, a flamboyant person who is one of Marilyn and Greg's neighbors
Jia Francis as Heidi Franks, one of Marilyn and Greg's neighbors
Maeve Binchy (cameo) as a restaurant patron
Filming took place in Cape Town, South Africa for the scenes set in Connecticut.
The film received a 42% user rating on Rotten Tomatoes.