Growing up in rural Ireland during the Great Depression was full of hardships. No one knew this better than the Mundy sisters who struggled not only to hold their farm together butto keep the family bonds strong. The eldest, Kate (Meryl Streep), holds sway over the saintly Agnes (Brid Brennan), the simple-minded Rose (Sophie Thompson), the earthy Maggie (Kathy Burke) and the ever-romantic Christina (Catherine McCormack). Along with picking up odd jobs, they must contend with the reappearance of the father of Christina's illegimate son Michael, and theirwayward brother Jack(Michael Gambon). Based on the Tony Award winning play, this is a faithful adaptation about the ties that bind.