Opening a movie theater in a small town in the 1950s wouldn’t seem like something that would generate much controversy, but that’s not how things play out in the new film Stella Days
. Of course, the fact that the theater is opening in an Irish hamlet that’s still being wired for electricity, or that the project is spearheaded by the priest of the local church, has a certain amount to do with people’s mixed feelings about the arrival of the movies. But if Stella Days
feels like a minor culture-clash comedy in its early reels, it soon sets out for deeper waters, and slowly transforms into a warm and compelling drama about faith, duty, love, and one’s sens...