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Directed by Marian Quinn
Produced by Tommy Weir
Roshanak Behesht Nedjad
Written by Marian Quinn
Starring Ailish McCarthy
Sophie Jo Wasson
Orla Long
Riona Smith
Aidan Quinn
Orla Brady
Jared Harris
Music by Gerry Leonard
Cinematography P.J. Dillon
Edited by Rune Schweitzer
Janey Pictures
Flying Moon
Release date
  • July 13, 2007 (2007-07-13) (Galway Film Fleadh)
  • August 15, 2008 (2008-08-15) (Ireland)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Ireland, Germany
Language English
(also dubbed in French)

32A is a 2007 feature film, directed by Marian Quinn, from her own script. It was shot principally in Dublin, with additional footage in Roscommon and Sligo.

The script won the inaugural Tiernan McBride Award for screenwriting, as well as Best First Feature on its première at the Galway Film Fleadh.[1] In 2009, the film won an Irish Film and Television Award for cinematography by PJ Dillon.[2] It had its international premiere at the Berlinale '08 film festival.


This story is set in the "in-between" time of a girl's life, when she is no longer a child and not yet a woman. We open with our heroine, Maeve, putting on her new snow white bra, and stepping out into the world as a young woman. She has an obsession with breasts and bras and can't help but stare at other girls and women, even the head nun doesn’t escape her gaze. Otherwise, her world revolves around her three friends, Ruth, Claire and Orla, who are more experienced in the ways of the world. They wear bras already (except Claire the feminist) and they've all had boyfriends. The new bra is a start but they really hope Maeve can find a fella, even offering kissing lessons to prepare her. What no one expects, least of all Maeve, is that she should snare the local sixteen- year old heartthrob.

Maeve is so smitten with him that she lets her friends down when they need her the most. In trouble with her friends and in school, she gets dumped by the heartthrob when she sneaks into the local dance with him and he leaves with another girl. Her parents find out and she ends up in trouble at home, where she takes on extra domestic duties. She does the laundry and even her bra has lost its former brilliance. Maeve realises what she has lost. Her friends rally round for her 14th birthday, Maeve returns to the fold a little older and a little wiser.



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