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Pat Murphy


Director Pat Murphy Composer Stanislas Syrewicz Cast Ewan McGregor, Susan Lynch, Andrew Scott
Edition 2000
106' - 2000 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: Italian, English
This period drama is based on the real-life relationship of the great Irish novelist James Joyce and his longtime lover, Nora Barnacle. Aspiring writer James meets Nora in Dublin in 1904. While she lacks James' interest in literature, she shares his frustrations about the limitations of life in Ireland, and she encourages him in both his work and in his desire to try his hand in Europe. Nora also shares James' potent sexual appetite, and James finds himself at once thrilled by her enthusiasm for lovemaking and troubled by suspicions that she may be unfaithful to him. When James decides to relocate to Trieste, Nora joins him, and they eventually have two children together, but their relationship is often stormy - James angrily suspects that Nora is having affairs with his brother Stanislaus and their close friend Roberto as he struggles with his writing and battles censors over his masterwork, ‘Ulysses’. However, while they have troubles keeping their relationship together, they find that it's even harder for them to live apart from one another. (Mark Deming)

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Pat Murphy


Stanislas Syrewicz


Ewan McGregor, Susan Lynch, Andrew Scott


Pat Murphy, Brenda Maddox, Gerard Stembridge

Director of Photography

Jean-François Robin


Pia Di Ciaula


Bradley Adams, Damon Bryant, Tracey Seaward

More info


Italian, English

Countries of production

Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany

Screenplay based on

"Nora: the Real Life of Molly Bloom" (Brenda Maddox)