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  • Writer's pictureEmma Hanley

Amnesia Amour in "Nobody Has to Know"

Film@BirrTheatre brings you the best of Irish, world and independent cinema on the Theatre’s big screen.

A deeply endearing film, "Nobody Has to Know" concerns Phil (Bouli Lanners), a middle-aged Belgian farmhand working on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, who suffers amnesia following a stroke. A lonely local woman, Millie (Michelle Fairley), helps him acclimate back to his life and claims they were lovers previously, a fragile lie that Millie must protect.

With the gradual return of Phil’s memories, their new-found happiness is threatened. Though reluctant to continue their relationship, they cannot deny their attraction and the stage is set for reignited romance. There’s just one issue: did that romance ever exist in the first place?

There is real empathy and grace in this tale of two genuinely lost people finding connection.

“Lanners confidently navigates a tale of guilty secrets, regrets and longing to deliver a quietly touching, unabashed weepie.” – Allan Hunter, Screen International

"The first English-language feature from Bouli Lanners is a hushed but warm-blooded love story with several unexpected twists.” – Boyd van Hoeij, The Film Verdict

“If this isn’t a film to set the heart racing, it doesn’t leave that organ entirely untroubled; with his script’s echoes of 40s weepie Random Harvest, Lanners is aiming for similar status..– Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

Join us this Thursday at 8pm for this week's instalment of Film@BirrTheatre.

Run time: 152 minutes

Cert: 15A

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