Contemporary World Cinema | 2016 | 82 minutes
Stranger Says: The titular character, Mary, played by Seána Kerslake, reminiscent of an Irish, redheaded Scarlett Johansson, is indeed mad. Mad at the world, mad at her family, mad at her best friend, Char, who is getting married. Mary has been sprung from prison for an assault, has a bad rep around town, and gets drunk and thrown out of clubs in her small Irish town, Drogheda, located near Dublin, on the regular. Ostensibly, much of the movie is built around Mary trying in vain to find a date for the wedding. Her high-school best friend has become a bridezilla—a snobby perfectionist trying to shed her lower-class roots—and she clearly merely tolerates Mary and needs Mary’s date to be “acceptable.” But the usual rom-com plot unfurls to reveal something more touching and nuanced—as well as an unexpected love story.
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