A Yorkshire mill owner retires and leaves control to his nephew, who promptly gets married.
In this tribute to James Joyce, Fionnula Flanagan gives a tour-de-force performance as a half-dozen or so women in Joyce’s real and fictional worlds. When she portrays his wife Nora remembering their time together, Flanagan captures the era and the author in lyrical detail. As Sylvia Beach, the woman who first published Ulysses, new dimensions concerning the importance of Nora in Joyce’s literary visions of women emerge, and when Flanagan interprets Joyce characters like Molly Bloom or a washerwoman from Finnegan’s Wake, the beauty of Joyce’s language shines through the melodious words.
In 1927, in Kingdom County, Vermont, a large dam is to be built, however, Noel Lord, a logger and cedar-oil harvester, won’t give up his lifetime lease on land that will be flooded. The dam company increases its offer of cash, but Noel refuses. He asks for a trade: a stand of pines for his lease. The company rejects that deal, but offers to make Noel a Ranger in a new park. Noel, meanwhile, talks with his Indian mate, the spirited Bangor, about their moving to Oregon and buying a saw mill.
Alexa is very attentive to her customer’s requests, but soon realizes that prostitution has limited long term career potential. She meets Tony, a scriptwriter who is writing a piece on prostitutes. Alexa falls for him, and decides to leave the profession. But her pimp has other ideas.
Summer’s Children is the story of a young man who tries to escape his troubled home and sister to find a new life for himself. He takes on a new job and enters into new relationships, but his sister pursues him in a cat and mouse game, getting into trouble in the city’s seedy underground. In a series of flashbacks, we discover the reasons for his initial departure, as he and his sister try to find a peaceful resolution to their feelings about each other.
Two professional motocross riders head out on a pleasure ride from Mexico to Canada. Along the way they run into various characters like a junkyard woman, two horny hippy chicks and a teen rider and his girlfriend. When one of the bikers makes eyes at the teen’s girl he’s challenged to a race.
The finding of a body on the beach leads to the conviction for murder of Bill Holleran (who claims innocence), thanks to the testimony of a 10-year-old boy, David Gordon. In flashback, Holleran’s landlord Steve Martin recalls his prior involvement with David’s widowed mother Anne, broken off because of the disabled boy’s vindictive jealousy. Now that a man’s life is at stake, Steve reluctantly re-enters the lives of the Gordons to find the truth. Is David a monster or just misunderstood?
The son of a wealthy and powerful sultan is carrying on an affair with the wife of an infamous criminal. The father determines to end the affair, erase the shame of his son and bring the criminal to justice.