Life’s A Breeze, a film about a family trying to stay afloat and together, though perhaps, somewhat pedestrian at times, does not lack at least some of the characteristic and witty charm of a delightful Irish comedy.
True, it did not score well with the established sites, IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes, but it did garner some very supportive reviews and recognition in the form of three awards, mainly the result of good acting.
The adult child relatives of an eccentric hoarder and retired school teacher Nan (Fionnula Flanagan, (Waking Ned Divine, Secrets of, the Ya Ya Sisterhood, The Others), including son Colm (Pat Shortt, The Guard), unemployed and a little unambitious and niece Emma (Kelly Thornton, Clean Break, tv series Love/Hate) conspire to clean her house as a birthday present while she is out on a ruse.
Among the items chucked from the home is her old mattress, which doubled as her bank, containing in the neighbourhood of a million Euros. What ensues is a Dublin-wide treasure hunt for the mattress before it ends up in the Dublin recycling system. The task is made more challenging upon the announcement of the mistake to the local media by Colm.
This wonderfully lyrical and funny Irish flick won the Galway Film Feadh Best New Talent for Thornton and the Newport Beach Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Making – Foreign Film.
Life’s A Breeze will be presented by Spotlight Films at the GEM Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Thanks to our patrons and sponsors and to Maureen and Marius Paquet of the GEM Theatre. Thanks also to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.