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Six Shooter (2004)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  February 2005 (UK)
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A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball....

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Donnelly
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Kid (as Ruaidhrí Conroy)
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Man
Aisling O'Sullivan ...
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Ann McFarlane ...
Donnelly's Wife
John Wallace ...
Junior Garda
Richard Nisbet ...
Garda
Mick Horan ...
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At the hospital, a doctor gives Donnelly the bad news: his wife of many years has died. He visits her body, placing a photograph of their pet rabbit on her hands. Then, in the early morning light, he leaves and catches a train back home toward Dublin. He sits across from a young talkative man who seems to have a loose screw, making coarse observations, starting an argument with a couple in the next seats who are clearly tense with each other. Over the next few miles, Donnelly learns that all four have lost someone that night, and, in a strange turn of events, the kid bequeaths to Donnelly a gift that may ease his pain. There's a strange bond in grief. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A black and bloody Irish comedy

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The word 'fuck' and its derivatives are said 34 times in this 28-minute film, an average of 1.21 'fucks' per minute. See more »

Quotes

Donnelly: sorry about your mom.
Kid: Ah, no loss.
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Featured in 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2006) See more »

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St. James Infirmary Blues
Written by Joe Primrose
Performed by The White Stripes
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An Engrossing but Macabre Portrait of Lots of Death in the Pretty Irish Countryside
3 March 2006 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Six Shooter" is the debut written/directed film by playwright Martin McDonagh and now I want to see more of his work.

This film is suffused with death, human and animal; we see or hear about intentional deaths - murder and suicide--, natural deaths --by illness or mysterious causes, accidental deaths, and maybe a few I missed in passing.

Each character deals with death in a different way, from the psychotic to tearful grief to quiet suffering to violent reactions, and the actors portray each fully.

While Brendan Gleeson is the central widower trying to make sense of all these observations of death for his own coping mechanisms, the film is stolen by a motormouth Rúaidhrí Conroy as the most annoying guy to ever be on public transport. He non-stop goes from cheerful to entertaining to manipulative to scary and beyond.

While it does go a bit over the top, the cinematography and settings always ground it in grim reality, with a brief excursion into magic realism.

The Irish scenery outside the railway car windows does look very pretty, in contrast to what's going on inside.

I viewed this film as part of a commercial screening of Oscar nominated shorts.


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