This Is My Father

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This Is My Father
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Directed byPaul Quinn
Produced byNicolas Clermont
Philip King
Screenplay byPaul Quinn
Music byDonal Lunny
CinematographyDeclan Quinn
Edited byGlenn Berman
Filmline International
Hummingbrid Communications
Distributed bySony Picture Classics (US)
Release date
  • May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)
Running time
119 minutes
Box office$1,078,737[1]

This Is My Father is a 1998 film directed by Paul Quinn.


The film portrays a tragic love story set in late 1930s Ireland, focusing on the relationship between Fiona Flynn (Moya Farrelly), a beautiful, feisty seventeen-year-old from a middle-class family, and Kieran O'Dea (Aidan Quinn), a shy labourer in his early thirties, and the search decades later by their son, Kieran Johnson, (James Caan) to find his roots in late 1990s Ireland.

The film is told as an interweaving of the nineties setting, where Kieran is hearing the story of his parents, and the events of the 1930s. Kieran Johnson grew into adulthood unaware of his parents' story or of the tragic events that caused his mother to leave Ireland on her own while pregnant.

The story highlights the issues of prejudice, classism, alcoholism and social and religious conservatism in rural 1930s Ireland.


Main cast

Supporting cast


Roger Ebert given the film 3 out of 4 stars and compared it to his own visit to Ireland in 1967.[2]


  1. ^ "This Is My Father". IMDb. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. ^ Roger Ebert. "This Is My Father". Retrieved 17 June 2019.

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