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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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The movie or the soundtrack
19 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. Actually I don't know which I love more the movie or the soundtrack. I would love to find the sheet music for the songs on the soundtrack. They are extremely heart felt. The other day I was having a hectic day of traveling and was settling down to a long flight across country. After the plane took off, I started listening to the soundtrack and all my blues melted away.

If you are looking for a movie that is a great story well told, see this movie. The actors must of had a blast telling this story of the human condition.

Just a warning: After you see the movie you will want to get the soundtrack. If so, get it. You wont be disappointed.

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