Indie Gems: Rory O'Shea Was Here

Inside, I'm dancing.
Michael (Steven Robertson) is a man with cerebral palsy that can barely speak. He lives in a home for the disabled, his life is routine. Then he meets Rory O'Shea, (James McAvoy) a young man with muscular dystrophy that can understand Michael. He convinces him to live his life on his own terms. They move to Dublin and hire Siobhan (Romala Garai) to assist them.
Robertson and McAvoy give strong performances. The subject matter could easily end up in inappropriate territory, but it does not. The film changes tones very quickly. It starts off quirky, happy, full of hope, then ends up in completely depressing territory. That's life, and it made the film feel very real to me. I've been a fan of McAvoy for awhile, and I'm a little ashamed that it took me so long to see him in this. He's fantastic. Prepare to cry like a baby.
Grade: B-
Memorable Quote: "You have the future, Michael." - Rory (James McAvoy)


  1. The film could've been better, but McAvoy gave a terrific performance.


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