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We watched Kenneth Branagh's Belfast a few nights ago. Gritty, dramatic, emotional, intense, bittersweet, filmed in stunningly beautiful black-and-white. Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (and I bet it would have won it, if not for "CODA" which was also terrific). The film was based on true life events from Branagh's childhood, and represents a masterpiece of direction -- it doesn't get much better than this. Very highly recommended. The soundtrack also features ten great songs by Van Morrison (another Belfast native) used to great effect.

Note: If you have access to "Extras" (our Blueray disc had several), be sure to watch the "Alternate Ending" -- it will make the entire film completely "click" and feel much more meaningful. I wouldn't call it an "alternate ending," I'd say it should be viewed following the film by everyone (if you can).

Watching this film made me want to go visit Northern Ireland very much.

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My sister just watched it and definitely agrees with what you stated.

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Belfast continues to evolve. Lots to explore.

Titanic Quarter, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, The Peace Wall, Crumlin Road Gaol, The Parliament Buildings, St George’s Market, the Opera House.

A good friend worked and produced an HBO show there. The buildings behind the Titanic Museum were the sound stages for The Game Of Thrones.

Don’t miss the seafood chowder or fresh mussels at Mournes by the Kelly Cellars Pub.