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Keane (2004)

Cast: Damian Lewis, Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, more...
Director: Lodge Kerrigan, Lodge Kerrigan
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Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Independent, Suspense/Thriller
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Synopsis
American independent filmmaker Lodge Kerrigan returned after a six-year hiatus with this formally challenging tale of a disheveled man desperately searching New York City for his young daughter. Keane takes its name from its central character, a middle-aged man (Damien Lewis) who wanders Port Authority with a seemingly tenuous grasp of his sanity, muttering to himself and causing altercations with passers-by. He claims to have lost his daughter at a bus station, and consistently pleads for assistance from indifferent authority figures. When he's not roaming the streets, he uses his meager savings to rent out a room nightly in a cheap hotel; there, he meets Lynn (Amy Ryan), a single mother with a daughter, Kyra (Abigail Breslin), almost the same age as Keane's missing child. As he grows closer to Lynn and Kyra, he starts to see the young girl as instrumental in deciphering his own loss. Keane premiered at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival before securing a 2005 theatrical release. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide





GreenCine Exclusive Interview

Both Clean, Shaven and Keane focus on men teetering on the edge of mental stability in search of their daughters. And yet the point of view of that focus is radically different. Sean Axmaker talks with Lodge Kerrigan about these two unique features and the film he shot in between, Claire Dolan. Full article >>

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Just a Wild & Crazy Guy.... by talltale March 25, 2006 - 4:44 PM PST
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Lodge Kerrigan's KEANE has been mentioned so often by critics over the past two years, as it's made its way around festivals here and there, that it's a relief to finally be able to SEE it. I've had mixed feelings about Kerrigan's previous work ("Clean, Shaven" and "Claire Dolan") and I feel even more so about this latest piece. You have to be willing to put up with a lot of bizarre, unpleasant behavior from the lead character, who spends at least one-third of the movie acting like a crazy creep--a paranoid drug/alcohol abuser clearly in need to psychiatric help, if not confinement--before he mellows a bit and you can begin to identify with him.

Kerrigan does almost the entire film in close-up, and fortunately he has a talented, photogenic actor in the lead, plus two more--Amy Ryan and Abigail Breslin--in the lesser roles of mother and daughter. Damian Lewis, of TV mini-series "Band of Brothers" and the re-do of "The Forsyte Saga," looks a lot less stone-faced here. He's actually rather sweet and tender (when the character is not going nuts), and he helps make the film not a total loss. Yet this is the kind of "arty" movie that wants to rub our face in "reality" but actually turns sentimental in the clinch. Can reliving a past mistake with a surrogate in the role actually deliver redemption and grace? If you say so, Lodge. But you're going to have to offer something more than you've displayed here in order to convince most of us.




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