Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse
is unusual in two respects. First, it’s an unusually mature and sober romantic drama. Second, it combines that drama with supernatural horror in an unusual way.
Ciaran Hinds stars as Michael Farr, a small-town schoolteacher struggling to deal with the loss of his wife to cancer two years earlier. As Michael describes his loss, “It’s hard on the kids,” but we see that his children are resilient and that his teen daughter (Hannah Lynch) spends a lot of time worrying about her father’s well-being. Hinds delivers a wonderfully rich performance as this hulking, stoic man who tries to maintain an air of norma...