Irish writer-director Neil Jordan returns to his home turf with the small-scale romantic drama The Miracle, with uneven results.
Jimmy (Niall Byrne) is a musician and a dreamer who spends much of his time in the company of Rose (Lorraine Pilkington). Rose would like their relationship to become more intimate. Together they walk the streets of their small coastal town (Bray in County Wicklow), inventing romantic stories about the people who pass them by.
Jimmy never knew his mother and lives with his father (Donal McCann), a drunken musician. One day his eye is caught by an attractive American woman (Beverly D’Angelo) who’s in town to perform in a local production of Destry Rides Again. He fantasizes a romantic liasion with her, but there are no prizes for guessing that she’s really his long-lost mother.
Like everything else in the film, the incest theme is tentatively handled. More interesting is Rose’s relationship with a circus animal trainer (Mikkel Gaup).
D’Angelo exudes mature sexuality as the stranger in town, but McCann makes heavy weather of his role as the perpetually drunken father.