• Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

“Flora and Son,” a 2023 musical comedydrama, emerges as the latest creation from the imaginative mind of , renowned for his directorial works in “Once” and “Sing Street.” The film showcases Carney's signature formula, where misfits find connection through music, ultimately leaving the audience with impossibly catchy melodies and characters who are happier, more rounded, and creatively fulfilled.

The stellar cast includes , , , and , each contributing to the film's vibrant energy. Carney, along with Gary Clark, provides an original musical score that elevates the storytelling to a delightful rhythm.

“Flora and Son” had its grand debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2023, captivating audiences with its unique blend of heartwarming narrative and musical prowess. The film embarked on a limited theatrical release in the United States on September 22, 2023, teasing audiences with a taste of the melody to come. The Irish audience, eagerly awaiting this musical treat, can mark their calendars for the wide release on February 23, 2024.

For those who prefer the comfort of their screens, “Flora and Son” began streaming globally on Apple TV+ on September 29, 2023, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the uplifting tale from the comfort of their homes.

The storyline unfolds against the vibrant backdrop of Dublin, with delivering a terrific performance as Flora, a single mother navigating the complexities of life. Her sullen teenage son, portrayed by , adds depth to the narrative, while 's character, a Zoom guitar teacher from LA, introduces a dynamic twist.

Carney's formula of misfits finding solace through music is evident in this punchily upbeat tale. Flora, in her quest for direction in life, stumbles upon a discarded guitar in a skip. This serendipitous discovery becomes a lifeline for Flora and a connection to her son, Max, who is teetering on the edge of trouble.

While the film embraces Carney's characteristic sentimentality, the sharp edges of Flora's personality add a unique dimension. The dialogue, filled with volcanic swears, may not completely mask the feel-good trajectory's naivety. The ending, at times, feels a tad clunky. However, “Flora and Son” remains a boisterous and disorderly charmer, leaving audiences enchanted by its musical journey and the endearing imperfections of its characters.

Directed by
Written by
Produced by
  • Anthony Bregman
  • Peter Cron
  • Rebecca O'Flanagan
  • Robert Walpole
Cinematography John Conroy
Edited by Stephen O'Connell
Music by
  • Fifth Season
  • FilmNation Entertainment
  • Likely Story
  • Distressed Films
  • Screen Ireland
  • Treasure Entertainment
Distributed by
Release dates
  • January 22, 2023 (Sundance)
  • September 22, 2023 (United States)
  • February 23, 2024 (Ireland)
Running time
97 minutes
  • Ireland
  • United States
Language English


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