The trailer has been working its way through social media, and when I finally took a moment to watch, I was at first incredulous — and then charmed. This looks delightful.
The synopsis, from Sony:
Lourdes, a picturesque French town and a place of miracles, a magnet for 6 million visitors each year from across the globe.
Ballygar, Ireland, 1968: a boisterous hard-knocks community in outer Dublin that marches to its own beat – frenzied, fast and loose – and yet also deeply soulful; rooted in traditions of loyalty, faith and togetherness. And the opportunity to rise above one’s daily struggles is frankly a pipe dream, especially for women.
There’s just one dream for the women of Ballygar to taste freedom and escape the gauntlet of domestic life: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes.
With a little benevolent interference from their local priest, close friends LILY, EILEEN, and DOLLY get their ticket of a lifetime.
Having never left Dublin – let alone Ireland – the journey provides our heroines the chance to let their hair down, celebrate life and some independence. It’s also a chance to reflect on their own lives, with each of the women in search of their own personal miracles.
But when they are joined by CHRISSIE, recently returned from a decades-long exile in the USA, deep wounds from the past are re-opened, and bitter truths exposed.
As they confront one another and embrace their past, these women realise that the miracle they have all been looking for is right in front of them.
Joyous, uplifting, hilarious and aspirational – our heroines as funny, messy, vocal and flawed as ourselves – THE MIRACLE CLUB empowers us all to communicate, love and laugh.
This looks like something we’re all going to want to see.
This movie — coming hot on the heels of 60 Minutes’ exceptional report on Lourdes and Father John Hallowell’s moving testimony —suggests something is in the air.
In a world hungry for hope, maybe this is just what we need.