The Pier


Year: 2011
Run Time: 83 minutes

Schull, a village in West Cork, lies on the impossibly scenic Irish coast. But its soil is black with all the bitter souls inhabiting it. Larry McCarthy is a sour man who pretends he's dying in order to get his son Jack back from America. When Jack arrives, he finds the old coot just wants him to go knocking on the doors of hostile villagers, collecting his debts for him. Jack and Larry have a bilious relationship, and their small talk consists mostly of cursing. Neither has come to terms with the long-ago loss of Jack's mother, who drowned on THE PIER while looking out for her husband's boat in a storm. Temporarily stuck in his native village, Jack befriends two sad boys whose dad drinks and whose mum is "away." One ray of sunshine is his friendship with Grace, an American woman looking for her roots. Writer-director Gerard Hurley stars with Lili Taylor in this contemplative film about the search for solace in the midst of emotional storms. – B.B.

CIFF36 Screenings

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:20 PM

United Airlines World Tour

Gerard Hurley

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Gerard Hurley was born in Ireland and emigrated to Switzerland when he was 16 to work with horses. He later went to America to work in Oklahoma oil fields and as a clown. Beginning in the 1990s, he took jobs with independent films and wrote numerous screenplays.

Select Filmography
"The Pride" (2008), THE PIER (2011)

Print Source

Black Equus Film Ltd.
Gerard Hurley


Film Sponsor

Collins & Scanlon LLP

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