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Circle of Friends

This charming love story is set in a fantasy/romance 1950's Dublin, full of prettily horny young lasses and lads. It's a Shakespearian caper of ships crossing in the night and the guiding hand of fate, but sweet acting, story and ending make a pleasant if unremarkable ending.

The best aspect however was the slight but worthy subtext on guilt and shame being the driving force of Catholicism and western society in general, qualities rampant young hormones must overcome to find happiness. It's delivered by a surprisingly tolerant professor telling the class about a sexually liberal tribe of savages.

The film marked Minnie Driver's arrival and further cemented Chris O'Donnell's status as romantic leading man.

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