DECEMBER BRIDE, directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, conjures up early 20th-century rural Northern Ireland to tell a melancholy tale of a spirited woman who rejects social and religious constraints to live her own independent life.
Sarah (Saskia Reeves) is a young woman who finds employment in the home of Andrew Echlin (Geoffrey Golden), who dies soon after while rescuing his two sons and Sarah during a storm at sea. Without their father's religious prodding, Hamilton (Donal McCann) and Frank (Ciaran Hinds) quit attending
services at the local Presbyterian church, and Sarah follows their example. She also follows each of the young men into bed and is soon pregnant...