Gold (2014 film)
|Directed by||Niall Heery|
|Music by||Niall Byrne|
|Edited by||Tony Cranstoun|
|Distributed by||Synergetic Distribution|
Gold is a 2014 Irish comedy-drama film directed by Niall Heery, produced by Tristan Lynch and Aoife O'Sullivan, and with a screenplay by Niall Heery and Brendan Heery. The film stars James Nesbitt, Maisie Williams, David Wilmot and Kerry Condon.
Plot[edit | edit source]
During the past twelve years, Ray has been through a rough life after an unsuccessful attempt at suicide and is now attempting to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Alice and teenage daughter Abbie, who live with Ray's former school coach Frank McGunn. The McGunn household is very surprised when Ray pays them a visit but reluctantly decide to let him stay for the time being out of pity for his past.
Abbie competes in her school's running team, with Frank as her trainer. At the same time, Frank has been working on what he believes to be a revolutionary running program. After Ray moves in, Abbie is initially unwelcome towards him, refusing his suggestion to visit her grandfather and Ray's father, Eddie, in his nursing home.
Later on, during one of Abbie's high altitude outdoor training sessions, Frank and Ray start arguing about their past and Ray's failures. Frank continues to belittle Ray, eventually leading to Ray accidentally knocking Frank into a nearby river. Despite attempting to save him, Ray is not fast enough and finds Frank unconscious downstream. Frank is hospitalized and falls into a coma, with Abbie and Alice unaware of the argument between Ray and Frank prior to Frank's accident.
While Frank is hospitalized, Abbie convinces Ray to obtain performance enhancing substances for her to improve her speed. Abbie also agrees to visit Eddie. At the nursing home, Ray is informed that his father had passed away the night before. Abbie tries her best to console Ray, who is clearly distraught at the news. Later, Ray takes Abbie to the location where he and Alice first met and talks about his past. Abbie asks Ray if she is likely to commit suicide in the future, expressing concerns about suicidal tendencies being genetic, to which Ray assures she need not worry.
Abbie starts to perform very well in her races, much to the delight of her family and school coach Gerry. Meanwhile, with Frank still being hospitalized, Alice and Ray make love one night. Abbie catches them as she is returning home and is furious, deciding in the moment to pack her stuff and leave. The situation is only defused by a call from the hospital informing that Frank has woken up.
At a welcoming back party for him, Frank expresses his worries to Alice that no one will respect him after his accident, having not remembered his argument with Ray. Gerry also informs Frank that his program has gained interest, especially after Abbie's drastic improvement. Later, Ray approaches Alice, who tells him to put their encounter behind him. He also attempts to apologize to Abbie, who calls him a liar and states that his family doesn't need him since Frank returned.
At a regional race, Abbie performs well and places first. Gerry congratulates her and informs her that only a urine test is required before results are finalized. She becomes worried and reveals the truth to Gerry, to which he is very surprised and frustrated at. At a rehab session, Frank receives a phone call from Gerry to meet him, believing it to be about the interest in his new program. However, at the meeting, Gerry reveals to Frank, Alice, and Ray of Abbie's actions. Alice expresses disbelief at how Abbie could have obtained the substances, leading to Ray revealing his role in assisting her. Meanwhile, Abbie expresses concerns to her friend about the consequences she will face. Once at home, she attempts suicide by overdosing on pills. Frank, Ray, and Alice return and confront Abbie about her actions. However, after she faints in front of them, they rush her to the emergency room.
Some time later, Ray is leaving the McGunn household, with Alice, Frank, and Ray agreeing that it is the best choice for everyone. Ray attempts to say farewell to Abbie, who has returned safely after her suicide attempt, and tells her that she is the only thing he is proud of from his past, but Abbie remains silent in response. After Ray has left, Abbie finds Eddie's last possessions, which were given to Ray by the nursing home after his passing. Opening it up, Abbie discovers a letter to Ray from Eddie, encouraging him to reconcile with his family, especially his daughter. Moved by this, Abbie decides to visit and make amends with Ray, who has now moved into a home and is starting a new life.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- James Nesbitt as Frank
- Maisie Williams as Abbie
- David Wilmot as Ray
- Kerry Condon as Alice
- Steven Mackintosh as Gerry
- Patrick Gibson as Devon, Abbie's friend
Reception[edit | edit source]
Reviews of the film were mixed. Review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes gave it 63% rating, based on 8 reviews, saying "Heery has an excellent cast, and he elicits some very funny performances... However, the slapstick and gags risk getting in the way of a story about love, loss and broken families."
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