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Director  Gillies MacKinnon
Adapted from  Tara Road
Country  America
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Music director  John E. Keane
Language  English
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Writer  Cynthia Cidre, Shane Connaughton
Release date  2005
Initial release  September 29, 2005 (Republic of Ireland)
Cast  Andie MacDowell (Marilyn), Olivia Williams (Ria), Stephen Rea (Colm), Heike Makatsch (Bernadette), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Rosemary), Brenda Fricker (Mona)
Similar movies  Casanova, The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, No Reservations, From Prada to Nada, Open Hearts, Bed and Board

Tara road

Tara Road is a film based on the novel of the same name by Maeve Binchy.


Tara Road (film) movie scenes

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Tara Road (film) movie scenes

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.

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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
  • Production

    Filming took place in Cape Town, South Africa for the scenes set in Connecticut.


    The film received a 42% user rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Home media

    The movie was released on DVD October 9, 2007.


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