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FOUR DAYS IN JULY

UK, 1984 (MIFF 1989, Mike Leigh Retrospective)

Director: Mike Leigh

Two couples, one Catholic, one Protestant, are near neighbours in Belfast. They have nothing in common, save the fact that both women are expecting their first babies, which will be born on the same day in the same Belfast hospital. From this ingenious premise, Leigh and cast bring a human face to the divisions of Northern Ireland.

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