Puffball (film)

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Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Produced by Julie Baines
Dan Weldon
Ben Woolford
Screenplay by Dan Weldon
Based on Puffball by
Fay Weldon
Starring Kelly Reilly
Miranda Richardson
Rita Tushingham
Donald Sutherland
Will Houston
Leona Igoe
Declan Reynolds
Distributed by Yume Pictures (2008) (UK)
Running time
120 min.
Language English
Budget £7,000,000 (estimated)

Puffball is a 2007 supernatural drama film directed by Nicolas Roeg. It is based on the novel by Fay Weldon adapted by her son Dan Weldon. The film was partially funded through the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund.

The film had its premiere at the 2007 Montreal Film Festival. The film was later released in Canada on 28 October 2007, and saw a limited release in the United States on 29 February 2008.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Liffey (Kelly Reilly), an ambitious young architect, moves to an isolated and eerie Irish valley to build a modern piece of architecture. The ruined cottage and land that she will use are a gift from her fiancé Richard, and is the former home of Molly, the elderly matriarch of a farming family living on the other side of the woods. Molly’s daughter is Mabs (Miranda Richardson), herself mother of three girls and wife to farmer Tucker. Now in her forties, Mabs wants another baby, a boy to inherit the farm - or perhaps she just wants to be pregnant again.

Mabs and Molly use black magic to give Mabs a baby boy. But Liffey becomes pregnant after sleeping with both Richard and Tucker, causing everybody to believe that her baby is Tucker's. Mabs seeks Molly's help again to kill Liffey's baby with magic, making it look like a miscarriage. Mabs's elder daughter helps Liffey fight the spell. In the end, Mabs is finally pregnant with her own child, a boy.


Although the novel upon which it was based was set in rural England, the film was filmed and set in the County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.

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