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My Sailor, My Love

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Grace has spent her life caring for others. First her sick mother, then her patients, and now her aging father, Howard. Howard, a widower and retired sailor, is as stubborn in accepting help as Grace is eager to provide it. Grace hires a lovely older woman, Annie, to help out around Howard’s house several days a week. Howard rejects this imposition, and by extension Annie, outright. But eventually Annie’s charm and gentle care pry open Howards heart, and the pair fall in love. Annie invites Howard into her large and joyous family, who accept him with open arms. These new relationships put into stark relief the love Howard concurrently withholds from his daughter, who is going through a rough patch in her career and marriage. Grace’s resentment and longing tears at Howard and Annie’s otherwise idyllic seaside love story. Old wounds open and new love blossoms in this expertly crafted story about tempestuous hearts.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“My Sailor, My Love will play to any nation where humans struggle to make themselves understood."

Donald Clarke

The Irish Times

Audience Choice

Chicago International Film Festival

Audience Award Favorite Narrative Feature

Wisconsin Film Festival

Best Irish Movie

Dublin International Film Festival

“Beautifully nuanced performances underpin an interesting drama that evolves from late-life romance into study of family trauma across generations”

The Guardian

“Jimmy Karlsson and Kirsi Vikman’s screenplay fleshes out a cluster of circling characters with great incisiveness.”

Donald Clarke

The Irish Times

Cast & Crew
  • Howard : James Cosmo
  • Grace : Catherine Walker
  • Annie : Bríd Brennan
  • Director : Klaus Härö
  • Screenwriters : Kirsi Vikman & Jimmy Karlsson
  • Producers : Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho & David Collins
  • Co-Producers Belgium : Cloé Garbay & Bastien Sirodot
  • Executive Producer for Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland : Lesley McKimm
  • Executive Producer for Wrap Fund : Sarah Dillon
  • Director of Photography : Robert Nordström F. S. C.
  • Production Designer : John Hand
  • Costume Designer : Allison Byrne
  • Make-Up & Hair Designer : Pia Mikkonen
  • Editor : Philippe Ravoet
  • Composer : Michelino Bisceglia
  • Sound Designer : Kirka Sainio
  • Casting Director : Emma Gunnery
  • Line Producer : Edwina Forkin
  • Production Companies : Making Movies, Samson Films, Umedia
  • Main Financiers : Finnish Film Foundation, Konstsamfundet, Yle, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, WRAP Fund
Technical Info
  • Release Date :
  • Production Year : 2022
  • Country : Ireland
  • Language : English
  • Runtime : 103
  • Rating :
  • Genre : Drama
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