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Each time her situation looks to be improving, some irresistible urge causes her to hammer the self-immolation button and send herself back to the emotional wasteland.
Surprisingly sweet excerpts from Mary’s intended speech at the wedding (later undermined by a cunning narrative coup) are, in voiceover, layered across the trip home to an indifferent welcome.
Mary is a complex, clever, internally convoluted personality whose motivations are beyond economic summary.
The splendid Seána Kerslake – sharp edged voice emerging from soft features – arrives like a spinning top set loose upon a house of cards and continues to create glorious havoc throughout the film’s nippy 82 minutes.
In the year that also gave us Room and Viva, Mad Mary remains a serious contender for best Irish release of 2016.