Two women – one Irish, one American – exchange homes for the summer; their unlikely and touching friendship unveils secrets and changes lives.
Ria Lynch and Marilyn Vine have never met. Their lives have almost nothing in common. Ria lives in a big ramshackle house in Tara Road, Dublin, which is filled day and night with the family and friends on whom she depends. Marilyn lives in a college town in Connecticut, New England, absorbed in her career, an independent and private woman who is very much her own person.
Two more unlikely friends would be hard to find. Yet a chance phone call brings them together and they decide to exchange homes for the summer. Ria goes to America in the hope that the change will give her space and courage to sort out the huge crisis in her life that is threatening to destroy her. Marilyn goes to Ireland to recover in peace and quiet from the tragedy which she keeps secret from the world, little realising that Tara Road will prove to be the least quiet place on earth.
They borrow each other's houses, and during the course of that magical summer they find themselves borrowing something of each other's lives, until a story which began with loss and suffering grows into a story of discovery, unexpected friendship and new hope. By the time Ria and Marilyn eventually meet, they find that they have altered the course of each other's lives for ever.
Two women -- one American, one Irish -- make a house swap that alters their respective destinies.
Release Dates: October 7, 2005 - Ireland
March 26, 2006 - USA
Release Time: 97 minutes
Olivia Williams as Ria Lynch
Andie MacDowell as Marilyn Vine
Iain Glen as Danny Lynch
August Zirner as Greg Vine
Stephen Rea as Colm Maguire
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Rosemary Ryan
Sarah Bolger as Annie Lynch
Johnny Brennan as Brian Lynch
Eileen Colgan as Nora
Jean-Marc Barr as Andy Vine
Alan Devlin as Barney McCarthy
Brenda Fricker as Mona McCarthy
Ruby Wax as Carlotta
Jia Francis as Heidi Franks
Maeve Binchy (cameo) as a restaurant patron
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined The Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982, and she went on to write more than 20 books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for film and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012 at the age of 72.