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25th March 2017

Cinema: Review - Mercedes Grower in Come On Eileen

    Mercedes Grower stars as Eileen

    Published: 10 November, 2011

    Directed by Finola Geraghty
    Certificate 15

    Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Stars

    This film has a real Camden flavour to it, starring Mercedes Grower, who grew up in Kentish Town and still lives in the neighbourhood.

    It also features the likes of Noel Fielding.

    Come On Eileen tells the story of a mum whose two children are about to leave home, and who has a long, lazy-looking summer stretching out in front of her.

    Yet all is not exactly rosy in Eileen’s world as her new cricket-playing, dope-smoking boyfriend is not exactly perfect, and she has to contend with demons – including a love of the bottle.

    This small budget indie is available on DVD and is a moving – and sometimes very humorous – story.


    Come on Eileen

    I have just read two reviews for the film 'Come on Eileen' and was staggered by the arrogance of writters. It would appear that the authors might be lacking in awareness of addictions and the outcomes. The film portrayed a frank and honest, and yes uncomfortable insight into the impact of addiction to the individual and those around them. It is fair to say that there were moments of being cringeworthy, but based on my experience of working with alcoholics, this is very much a reality.....

    The individual performances varied from the powerful and truthful, to the stilted and wooden, but reflected life in a challenging set of circumstances and coping with life as an addict. Within the context of the harsh reality of being drawn into past addictions and letting go of a grasp on daily existence and the consecquences for those immediately affected by the fallout. 'Come on Eileen' depicts relationships that might seem to be solid as in the case of the young son who is preparing for exams, and reveals the fragilty that we might all face if we are not able to hold it together. Gypsy, the daughter of Eileen who has made a life and identity for herself in the absence of information as to her parentage from her mother, finds that her life too is fragile and built on an illusion and fantasy.

    Despite the gravity of the subject matter and the harsh reality of how quickly a life can deteriorate the film has some moments of humour and lifts the audience with much needed levity. In the final summation the film shows a gritty and honest view of a complex life but one that is sadly not uncommon, the ending shows that life will go on, that challenges will always be present and that it is how such challenges are met that determines the quality of life.

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