Based on Sebastian Barry's acclaimed 2008 novel and directed by Academy Award–nominated Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), The Secret Scripture draws us into a woman's mysterious story, long hidden by time and trauma.
Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave) must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland, that has been her home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr William Grene (Eric Bana), is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible.
As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman (Rooney Mara) whose charms prove seductive to all around her. We learn that she worked in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot (Jack Reynor) and tragically captured the heart of a local priest (Theo James).
Shifting elegantly between past and present, The Secret Scripture chronicles Roseanne's distressing existence while immersing us in the struggles of Irish women and Ireland's political tensions of the 1920s and 1930s.