Kings (I) (2007)

 |  Drama  |  10 January 2008 (USA)
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A group of men reunite for a friend's funeral.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mullan
Donal O'Kelly ...
Jap Kavanagh
Brendan Conroy ...
Git Miller
Donncha Crowley ...
Shay Mulligan
Barry Barnes ...
Máirtín Rogers
Seán Ó Tarpaigh ...
Jackie Flaherty
Peadar O'Treasaigh ...
Micil Flaherty
Joe Mullan Jnr.
Christopher Greene ...
Jap Jnr.
Graham Feeley ...
Git Jnr.
Ronan Moloney ...
Jackie Jnr.
Simon Drislane ...
Shay Jnr.
Darragh O'Brien ...
Máirtín Jnr.
Gabrielle Reidy ...


In the twenty five years they have been there, done that, the Navvy (Irish working man) clock does not stop for alienation or inner despair. They are working men, strong even indestructible. Those gnawing feelings of something not being quite right are ameliorated by the camaraderie of their mates. So what if it all ends in tears or a thumping. They can give as good as they get or used to. At least they are alive and having the craic. Until it all changes, and a silence falls on the reverie of the gang. Tragedy has struck Jackie the youngest, the brightest and the bravest. The gang does what has always been done - they gather together for a Wake, a final celebration, a cheer, to give Jackie Flavin a send off fit for a king, a king of the Kilburn High Road. He, unlike them is set to return to Ireland - his body found bruised and battered on the railway track, crushed by the passing Kilburn train. Jackie's father Micil arrives over to North West London to bring his son home. The gang ... Written by Newgrange Pictures

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An Irish movie about separation and loss.
1 October 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Kings plunges its viewers into the harsh reality of five Irish immigrant's lives in London. The men are separated not only geographically, but psychologically, from their homeland. They yearn to return, but are consumed with a sense of their own failure and fear rejection from loved ones at home. Instead they immerse themselves in alcohol and unfulfilled dreams. The acting is superb; the characters true-to-life; the theme universal. The use of Gaelic is a dramatic tool that serves to emphasize their alienation again in their adopted town of Kilburn. It is a story of sadness and regret and how individuals deal with pain. Tom Collins's movie challenges the audience to question their own relationships with fellow human beings, especially those from whom they are estranged, and especially those who were forced to leave these shores. It challenges us to question our views on this lost generation and to look at an era in our history that allowed such mass immigration. Hopefully, Kings will open up a national debate on how a Government could have failed its subjects and allowed a land to be bled of its inhabitants; hopefully,it will inspire us to welcome them home with open arms; hopefully it will encourage the present Government to continue to provide the means to do so. Go and see Kings. You will not be disappointed.

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