Rooney Mara in First Trailer for Ireland-Set Film 'The Secret Scripture'
"Do you not understand the power you have over men?" An official international trailer has debuted for an indie drama titled The Secret Scripture, a drama that recalls the life of one woman in Ireland. Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave play the same woman, named Roseanne McNulty, who grew up in the midst of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and '30s. The story starts with Redgrave in a mental institution, where she has kept a diary of "secret scriptures" from her life. It flashes back to tell her story growing up, which is when Mara takes over. The cast also features Jack Reynor, Aidan Turner, Theo James, Eric Bana, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Omar Sharif Jr. This looks like a passionate film that evokes every kind of emotion, with an evocative story about the struggle to live a life entirely your own.
Here's the first international trailer for Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture, direct from YouTube:
Roseanne McNulty (Redgrave) must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The psychiatrist, Dr. Grene (Bana), is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper, we see her as a young woman (Mara), whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot (Reynor), and that a local priest (James) fell tragically in love with her. The Secret Scripture is directed by Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan, of My Left Foot, The Boxer, In America, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Brothers and Dream House. The screenplay is by Johnny Ferguson and Sheridan, based on Sebastian Barry's novel. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year, but still needs US distribution.