Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)

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An intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited young girl and her proud and dignified family, who are part of Ireland's "traveller" community.


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Complete credited cast:
Winnie Maughan ...
Rose Maughan ...
Rosie Maughan ...
Paddy Maughan ...
Michael Collins ...
Uncle Martin
Helen Joyce ...
Abbie Spallen ...
Brian Dignam ...
Council Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel ...
Arcade Cashier
Joy Astin ...
African Hairdresser
Linda Balogun ...
African Hairdresser
Jacqui Caulfield ...
Head Teacher
Hannah Cawley ...
Campfire Traveler
Patrick Cawley ...
Thomas Cawley ...
Campfire Traveler / Fella


Winnie is ten. Winnie is in trouble at school. Winnie can get violent but only when the other kids disrespect her. Winnie is sensitive but she is unable to express her emotions. Winnie is a little traveler girl. She lives in a trailer in the docks area of Dublin with her mother and a few of her nine brothers and sisters. Her father is away, dead or gone. Everyday life is hard, all the more as the council authorities are intent on evicting them. But Winnie is resilient. Just like her combative mother she survives day after day, holds on, keeps hoping without even being aware of it... Written by Guy Bellinger

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11 November 2005 (Ireland)  »

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Flickan i husvagnen  »

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Also selected for the following film festivals:
  • Galway Film Fleadh (2005) Best Feature Film Award

  • Venice Film Festival/ Critic's Week (Sept. 2005)

  • Leeds Film Festival (2005)

  • Festival Cine de Gijon (2005)

  • Mannheim Film Festival (2005) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize/The Ecumenical Jury Prize)

  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Nov. 2005)

  • London Film Festival (2005)

  • 35th New Directors New Films Festival (New York 2006)

  • Buenos Aires 8th International Festival of Independent Films (Argentina,2006)

  • Indie Lisboa (Portugal, 2006)

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Rosie: Boring, isn't it?
Winnie: Yeah.
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I Want You to Want Me
Written by Max Martin (as Martin Sandberg) & Jacob Schulze
Performed by Solid Harmonie
Published by Zomba Music Publishers Ltd
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK)
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a lack of structure can be great
8 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A slice of life can be great cinema, because it can capture something that seems intrinsically real and tangible. Pavee Lackeen is funny and strikes me as realistic.

The film does not need an insertion of dramatic structure because I think it would then become contrived and false. The structure of the film is loose, but this definitely works. The focus isn't compromised, and as an audience we are compelled not by manufactured structure but by the rawness and reality of 'The Traveller Girl's' life (shaky, unsteady, boring, sad). Winnie and her family shine, a cracker of a film.

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