Wow, what a movie Evelyn is! It's one of those movies that uplift and inspire and make you glad to live in this world. Without being sentimental, love won over impossible odds.
Based on a true story, this movie takes place in Ireland around the time of the depression. Desmond Doyle, a father played so well by Pierce Brosnan, has three young children, two boys and a girl, Evelyn. Sadly, their mother has just gone off somewhere. No one knows where.
At the time, the father was out of work, and he relied too much on drinking. He loved his children with all his heart. The powers that be took his children from him and put them in an orphanage. The orphanage was not exactly a great place to be.
By law, the father could never ever have his children back because, in order to do so, the courts required the mother's permission. The fact that no one knew where the mother was didn't change the law. By law, the father could not have his children back, no matter that he had a job now and had stopped drinking. The law was the law. Heart did not enter into it. Common sense did not enter into it.
The daughter, Evelyn, about six years old, was a spunky thing. When one of the teachers at the orphanage had started beating another girl because she couldn't give a correct answer, Evelyn stood up and said, "Stop. You mustn't do that." For that, the teacher took Evelyn out into the hall and hit her face until it was black and blue and swollen. Then the teacher had lied and said that Evelyn had fallen down the stairs.
At this point, the father wanted to kidnap his children and run away with them.
I won't tell you more than this.
I would love to see this movie again.