Obiteljska drama, adaptacija nagrađivanog broadwayskog komada Briana Friela, o odnosima između pet sestara i životu jednog ljeta godine 1936. u sjećanju sada odrasloga Michaela, sina jedne od sestara.
Sestre Munday žive zajedno u malom irskom mjestašcu, u skromnoj kućici, i brinu se o Michaelu, jedinom djetetu u obitelji. Njegova majka ima nesrešđen odnos s mužem, Michaelovim ocem, koji je trgovački putnik i samo povremeno dolazi kući. Najstarija sestra Kate (Meryl Streep), učiteljica, stroga je glava obitelji.
Osjeća se da nakon tog ljeta više ništa neće biti isto.
A young boy tells the story of growing up in a fatherless home with his unmarried mother and four spinster aunts in 1930s Ireland. Each of the five women, different from the other in temperament and capability, is the emotional support system, although at times reluctantly, for each other, with the eldest assuming the role of a somewhat meddling overseer. But then into this comes an elderly brother, a priest too senile to perform his clerical functions, who has "come home to die" after a lifetime in Africa; as well, there also arrives the boys father, riding up on a motorcycle, only to announce that hes on his way to Spain to fight against Franco. Nevertheless, life goes on for the five sisters, although undeniably affected by the presence of the two men, they continue to cope as a close-knit unit... until something happens that disrupts the very fabric of that cohesiveness beyond repair.
This affecting, bittersweet tale--adapted from Brian Friels semi-autobiographical Tony Award-winning play--examines the emotional lives of the five unmarried Mundy sisters in 1936 rural Ireland. In their mutual care is 8-year-old Michael (sweetly understated Darrell Johnston), the illegitimate son of youngest sister Christina (Bravehearts Catherine McCormack). A voice-over from the adult Michael recalls that significant summer, in the month of August, during the feast of Lughnasa. The bolder townfolk dance around a fire to Lugh, an ancient god of light. Yes, this is fiercely Roman Catholic Ireland and Lugh a pagan god, but that irony is at the core of the film, the hypocrisy of tradition. The dramatic change in the richly metaphoric movie comes with the arrival of two men: eldest sibling--and only Mundy brother--Jack (Michael Gambon), a priest returning from many years in Africa, now addled, and Christines long-absent lover and Michaels father, the charmingly flighty Gerry (Rhys I