The Eclipse

de Conor McPherson


Subtlety is a gift. And even more so if we’re dealing with a movie with a somewhat visceral premise: a widower believes he’s seeing things and decides to share it with a fantasy novel writer who is visiting his small Irish town. The Eclipse doesn’t try to dazzle with ghostly apparitions or treat love like a sugary feeling. On the contrary: the supernatural brews sorrow for loss and flirting between the two main characters is touched by the magic wand of sensibility. An elegant mise-en-scène and actors who perfectly combine the comic with the tragic make this film a lecture on love that’s as atypical as it is beautiful.


Conor McPherson

Dublin, 1971. He studied at the University College Dublin. He has won important awards throughout his theater career. For cinema, he made also Saltwater (00) and The Actors (03) and wrote the screenplay (award-winner in San Sebastian) for I Went Down (97).

Technical information

Edition: 2009
Section: Official Fantàstic Panorama
Original language: English