Based on true events, Evelyn tells the inspiring story of real-life hero Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) and his young children, Evelyn, Maurice and Dermot. Abandoned by his wife, Doyle does his best to make it as a single dad, raising his kids alone in Ireland. Their life isn't easy and when his wife's mother reports her daughter's abandonment to the authorities, the power of the Church and the Irish courts take his children away and put them in orphanages. Doyle is devastated. Vowing to reunite his family, he enlists the help of new friend Bernadette Beattie (Julianna Margulies), her solicitor brother Michael (Stephen Rea), their American lawyer friend Nick, and Nick's mentor Tom Connolly. Together they attempt to do what has never been done before - challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. Doyle's fight to keep his family intact becomes an uplifting testament to the strength of a father's love and the power of the human spirit.
The usual court room drama of a single farther fighting to look after his kids. Well acting set in Ireland and a pretty good story . I enjoyed it throughout but its one of those films I would only watch once .
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Heartwarming story of overcoming adversity
- Evelyn review by Harry
This story is thoroughly believable and keeps one watching to the end, as each dead end appears, yet the father determinedly carries on.
Viewers can really share in the joyful ending (especially parents).
Pierce Brosnan held to his brogue very well and the new woman in his life at the end displays a very attractive personality.
This movie also enlightens viewers on why the Catholic Church has lost much of its influence in the Irish Republic over the past few decades.