Set in 1967, THE MIRACLE CLUB is a heartwarming film that follows the story of three generations of close friends, Lily (Maggie Smith), Eileen (Kathy Bates), and Dolly (Agnes O'Casey) of Ballygar, a hard-knocks community in Dublin, who have one tantalizing dream: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes, that place of miracles that draws millions of visitors each year. When the chance to win presents itself, the women seize it. However, just before their trip, their old friend Chrissie (Laura Linney) arrives in Ballygar for her Mother's funeral, dampening their good mood and well-laid plans. The women secure tickets and set out on the journey that they hope will change their lives, with Chrissie joining in place of her mother. The glamor and sophistication of Chrissie, who has just returned from a nearly 40-year exile in the United States, are not her only difficult traits. Old wounds are reopened along the way, forcing the women to confront their pasts even as they travel in search of a miracle. Deep wounds from the past can only be healed by the curative power of love and friendship.

Review (13/10/23 Scott Mc Cutcheon)

There is very little really to recommend The Miracle Club other than a stellar cast who are all at the top of their game. Maggie Smith in particular excels, she might even in the twilight of her years be able to take up a career as the UK’s oldest pop star.

Slow at times and never really able to shake the shackles of its small budget, it’s patently obvious that the cast never got further than the film studio in the UK, The Miracle Club joins the recent list of films targeting a more mature cinema audience, The Great Escaper with Michael Caine having just been released on the previous week.

The Miracle Club, whilst not the greatest film to hit cinemas recently, is certainly charming and worth a few hours of your time, particularly if you are of an age that will appreciate the struggles of growing old.


The Miracle Club

1h 31m

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Cast: Laura Linney, Kathy Bates, and Maggie Smith, and Stephen Rea

UK Release: Cinemas 13th October 2023