• Circle of Friends (1995)

Circle of Friends

Release Date: March 15th, 1995

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

PG-13 |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

At university in Dublin in 1957, awkward Benny (Minnie Driver) is introduced to handsome Jack (Chris O'Donnell), the son of a doctor who is unsure about following the family business. While Benny and Jack fall in love, Benny's old friend Nan (Saffron Burrows) is less fortunate. Nan wants to raise herself from her lower-class roots with a marriage, but her chosen man impregnates and abandons her. All three must grapple with conflicts between their physical desires and religious upbringings.

Cast: Chris O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Geraldine O'Rawe, Saffron Burrows, Alan Cumming, Colin Firth, Aidan Gillen

Director: Pat O'Connor

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Rank Organization, Bord Scannan Na hEireann, Price Entertainment

Keywords: Friendship, Emotional, Charming, Marriage, 1950s, Love, Growing up, Doctor

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Circle of Friends is heartwarming and poignant, a love story that glows with intelligence and feeling. show more

  • 75
    Barbara ShulgasserSan Francisco Examiner

    Driver, who is padded but not fat, is an actress with self-possession to spare. Her looks defy conventional rules about modern beauty, but the directness of her gaze and the honesty of her smile make it difficult to look anywhere else when she is on screen. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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