Broken down to its’ simple human elements, it’s the tale of a beautiful young Irish woman, Roseanne (Rooney Mara), the daughter of a rat catcher, who marries a man, is befriended by one of his brothers (Aidan Turner) has an affair with another (Jack Reynor) and then punished for it by a small-minded world and a cruel and unforgiving priest (Theo James) with what amounts to shunning then imprisonment in a psychiatric hospital. The story is told by the woman herself (Vanessa Redgrave) at 100, to Dr. Grene (Eric Bana). The Secret Scripture gets its’ title from Roseanne’s testimony and the diary she keeps hidden under the floorboards in the institution.
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Epic, right? Plus being that I’m a sucker for period films—
especially period films set in England and Ireland—and was excited to see this cast working together and to see how director Jim Sheridan untangled the story cinematically, so this is a real downer for me.