Caitriona Balfe or Irish Patience

PORTRAIT – The star of the series Outlander has managed in a decade to rub shoulders with the greatest. Playing a brave mother in Belfastby Kenneth Branagh, it imposes itself and heckles the awards season.

“I had a lot of doubts when I started my retraining at 30. An agent friend warned me: “At your age, finding female roles won’t be easy.” However, if the person I was then met me today, she would be amazed to see how all the pieces of the puzzle have come together”, thinks Caitriona Balfe with that serene and sunny smile that is her signature. Especially in Belfast,released in theaters in early March. The comedian and director Kenneth Branagh recounts, with poetry, his childhood in Northern Ireland which was ablaze between Catholics and Protestants in the summer of 1969. The 42-year-old Irish actress portrays the courageous mother of the playwright, Ma, who struggles to pay the debts of her husband, a carpenter working in England, and raises their two sons alone. She braves rioters and looting to bring manu militari back to the store a barrel of washing powder that her offspring Buddy stole in the midst of the chaos.

Caitriona Balfe and Jamie Dorman in Belfast. Rob Youngson/Focus Features

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