A Portrait of the Author: Ewan McGregor as James Joyce

John Gosslee

Nora (2000)

Nora (2000) James Joyce Film PosterBeginning in James Joyce’s native Ireland, the biopic follows the prolific writer of Dubliners (1914) and the novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) from his early days as a singer in Dublin where he meets Nora Barnacle from County Galway. Profiling Joyce’s drinking problem and the beginning of his principal literary works, the focus on the strained marriage shows the couple playing intercontinental tag through Trieste, Italy, Paris, France and Dublin over a two decade span.  Director Pat Murphy portrays Nora as an uninhibited girl who wins Joyce and then saves him from himself. The film is an entertaining study of the couple’s life and focuses less on Joyce’s work than it does on Nora’s influence on Joyce and his sexual motivation.

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