In the film, “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find,” Sarah, portrayed by Sarah Bolger (In America), is a single mother. Her husband, prior to the start of the story in the film, was killed during a drug deal gone wrong. Sarah lives in Ireland and strives to do her best for her son Ben (Rudy Doherty) and daughter Lucy (Marcie McCauley). Sarah’s financial situation is less than ideal. For example, while shopping with her children for groceries, she has to ask the cashier to take back some items because she doesn’t have enough money. The sad fact is, she wasn’t purchasing all that much to begin with. Alice (Jane Brennan), Sarah’s mother, is not in a position where she can help her daughter or grandchildren. At wit’s end, Sarah doesn’t know what to do next, but unbeknownst to her, the decision will be made for her.
Terry (Caolan Byrne) and Mackers (Packy Lee) are drug dealers. Their boss, Leo Miller (Edward Hogg), has tasked them with selling a new shipment of drugs. The two men are dealing in Sarah’s neighborhood. Tito (Andrew Simpson), a small time drug dealer takes a calculated risk. He crashes a stolen car into the vehicle that Terry and Mackers are driving. While the two men are momentarily incapacitated, Tito takes the drugs.
In an attempt to escape, Tito runs into Sarah’s house. She is forced, from that moment forward, into a situation in which she has no say. Tito states to her that he will go out and sell the drugs in the neighborhood and use her house to store the drugs and hide out when he’s not selling. In exchange, he will give Sarah a percentage of everything he makes. In fear for her children’s lives she cooperates. At first she is distraught over the arrangement, but when the money starts coming in and she’s able to afford everything she and her children want at the supermarket, she starts to not mind, what at first, was an unwelcome presence in her life. What seems to be a straightforward film, will take some unexpected twists and turns before the conclusion.
“A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” premiered on July 29, 2019 at the Fantasia Festival in Canada. The film was directed by Abner Pastoll (Road Games). The screenplay was written by BAFTA winner Ronan Blaney (Boogaloo and Graham). The movie has a runtime of 97 minutes. The genres included in the film are crime, drama and thriller.
I thought that Bolger’s performance embodied her character, and the rest of the cast gave credible performances with their respective roles. The film had some good twists and turns to keep viewers guessing, until toward the end, as to exactly what the outcome will be for Sarah and her children. For those of you, who might be interested in seeing the movie, I watched it on Amazon Prime.