Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children—Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice—make it clear to the authorities this is an untenable situation. The Catholic Church and the Irish courts decide to put the Doyle children into Church-run orphanages.
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Aidan Quinn, Alan Bates, Julianna Margulies, Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Vavasseur, Stephen Rea