Albert Finney acts up a storm in this period drama about a would-be dramaturge in 1960s Dublin. Although Finney's character is a fervent admirer of Oscar Wilde, the film's oddly anachronistic coyness about homosexuality probably has the great Irish wit spinning in his grave.
Alfred Byrne (Finney) is a streetcar conductor who dreams of staging Wilde's bizarre masterpiece Salome. When Adele Rice (Tara Fitzgerald), a beautiful English country girl, takes her place in the back of the tram, he is convinced he has at last found his heroine. He quickly enlists
collaborators: his sensible sister and flatmate, Lily (Brenda Fricke), and Carney (Michael Gambon), t...