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Following the tragic death of their two-year-old son Frankie, Irish couple Johnny and Sarah Sullivan and their remaining two offspring, 10 year old Christy Sullivan and 5 year old Ariel Sullivan, emigrate illegally to the United States via Canada with little in their pockets. Their final destination is Manhattan where Johnny hopes to work as a stage actor. They move into a unit in a run town tenement housed primarily with drug addicts, transvestites and one tenant coined "the man who screams". They do whatever they can to eke out a supportive family environment in this difficult situation, the support which ultimately extends to those around them, most specifically "the screamer" who turns out to be an African-American artist named Mateo with AIDS. But the memory of Frankie hangs over the family in good and bad ways, especially as Sarah learns she's pregnant. Christy, who records their life's goings-on with her beloved camcorder, believes that the angel of Frankie has granted her ... Written by
Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslet were originally approach to play Johnny and Sarah at the film's early stages of production when it was entitled "East of Harlem". See more »
When Johnny is carrying the air conditioner, he turns and we see through the grill that's it's empty. See more »
There's some things you should wish for and some things you shouldn't. That's what my little brother Frankie told me. He told me I only had three wishes, and I looked into his eyes, and I don't know why I believed him.
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An Irish family settles in a rundown Manhattan tenement apartment not because of famine back home but to overcome their sadness about the accidental death of their young son. The father (Paddy Considine) gets work as a taxi driver but his real ambition is to be a stage actor. On one audition the director tells him acting comes from the gut and not the head. It's a great role for Considine, who shows frustration and struggle as if he's been there himself. It's a nicely detailed, graphic look at the family emotions and the environment, a new, exciting, and at times dangerous world which is beautifully captured in some terrific scenes, one of which at a carnival with Considine nearly losing every dollar they have while trying to win an ET doll for his daughter, is practically brilliant.
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