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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... William Keane
... Kira Bedik
... Lynn Bedik
... 1st Ticket Agent
... 2nd Ticket Agent
Brenda Denmark ... Commuter
... 1st Bus Driver / Ticket Taker
... Motel Clerk
... Woman in Department Store
... Bartender
... Drug Dealer
... Assaulted Commuter
Alexander Robert Scott ... 1st Cab Driver
Phil McGlaston ... 2nd Cab Driver
... Michelle
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A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, while fighting serious battles with schizophrenia. We can never be sure if the loss is real or imaginary; or whether his overt interest in helping young girls is innocent and of a fatherly nature, or is of a darker, scarier motive. Written by Heidi Levitt

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Rated R for a scene of strong sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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21 September 2005 (France)  »

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$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,151, 11 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,303, 2 October 2005
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Shot in 32 days for less than $1 million. See more »

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[first lines]
William Keane: [through ticket agent window] I need to speak with him.
1st Ticket Agent: Joe...
William Keane: Excuse me, do you remember me?
2nd Ticket Agent: Can I help you?
William Keane: I bought some tickets from you last September... On the 12th... Clifton... I was with my daughter. She was abducted downstairs on the lower level. She was six at the time.
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Extraordinarily Real
19 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Only quite rarely does a film have the quality of an event really taking place. You get that feeling when you are watching 'Keane.' Most filmmakers, even the most gifted, don't seem to have the uncompromising devotion to create a realistic world in their films. Inevitably, the temptation to show their stylistic talent is what dooms well-intentioned 'verite' directors to water down their works with artifice. The only other film, in recent years, that also succeeded in recreating the real world, was 'Rosetta,' a French film that won the Palme D'Or a few years back.

And the reality that Lodge Kerrigan and the actor, Damian Lewis, create in 'Keane' is one that is particularly difficult to create - it is a reality of a person on the edge of sanity, a reality that few people who are sane enough (if anyone can be considered sane in this business)to get a film made would ever have experienced. Unfortunately, I can understand the isolation, paranoia and desperation that William Keane expresses in this movie. And it expressed with an alarming verisimilitude.

Despite my first comment that 'Keane' is a film without artifice, there are elements to the structure and editing that show the director/writer had made extremely subtle uses of film technique to compress, heighten and intensify William Keane's psychological character.

Finally, I must add that this film is an emotionally rewarding experience, providing a denouement that is cleansing and healing - a 'happy ending' that smacks of real life, not the strange and manipulative world of formula film making. When I left the theater, I felt stronger, purged, for a while at least, of the private terrors that always lurk beneath the surface.


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