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American Wake (2004)

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A musician and a fireman work against certain expectations in order to pursue their respective dreams.


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A film about finding the path that sets you free, AMERICAN WAKE is a music-infused portrait of a fireman and a musician in search of meaning and connection. Jack Connolly has fulfilled the dream of his late father, a Boston cop, by becoming a distinguished firefighter and hero. But in the aftermath of a blaze in which he lost his oldest friend, he is struggling to make sense of life. As is Niall McKnight, a gifted young fiddle player, whose father harbors the hope that his son will accompany him back to Ireland, a homeland Niall barely remembers. For Jack and Niall to embrace the lives they want to live, and the women they are coming to love, they must choose what to keep and what to leave behind, and learn that with every leap of faith comes both sorrow and joy. Written by Maureen Foley, writer and director of the film

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Sometimes the greatest joy is just a heartbreak away.


Drama | Romance





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An excellent film!
17 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The scenes of Cambridge Mass evoked memories of walking along the Charles River and buying fresh produce at Haymarket. Some scenes are shot in a small fish market (The Fishmonger) and local music venue. This movie tells the story of two parallel love stories. A firefighter and musician both find themselves in relationships that help them overcome their current struggles and move to the next phase of their lives. I was able to relate to the Irish American characters in the film and the experience they have while trying to hold on to their heritage and embrace a new culture. The music tells a huge part of the story in this film. The soundtrack is a mixture of traditional Irish music and original tunes. The performers are all Irish musicians.

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