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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 ... See full summary »

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Lodge Kerrigan

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Lodge Kerrigan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... William Keane
Abigail Breslin ... Kira Bedik
Amy Ryan ... Lynn Bedik
Liza Colón-Zayas ... 1st Ticket Agent
John Tormey ... 2nd Ticket Agent
Brenda Denmark Brenda Denmark ... Commuter
Ed Wheeler ... 1st Bus Driver / Ticket Taker
Christopher Evan Welch ... Motel Clerk
Yvette Mercedes Yvette Mercedes ... Woman in Department Store
Chris Bauer ... Bartender
Lev Gorn ... Drug Dealer
Frank Wood ... Assaulted Commuter
Alexander Robert Scott Alexander Robert Scott ... 1st Cab Driver
Phil McGlaston Phil McGlaston ... 2nd Cab Driver
Tina Holmes ... 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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Shot in 32 days for less than $1 million. See more »

Quotes

[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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The DVD supplement includes an alternate cut by director Steven Soderbergh. See more »

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Keenly focused, but linear and repetitive...and tiring
31 January 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Keane (2004)

This is a one man show all the way, and young, slightly crazed father played by Damian Lewis gives it his intense best. Almost nothing happens for 100 minutes, nothing in the sense of plot development, so it really is up to Lewis to make his troubles come alive. His problem is that his daughter disappeared when he was with her in a bus station, and a year later he is still looking for her, trying to recreated the events that surrounded the mystery.

But what strikes the viewer is maybe impatience, not with the narrative, but with the presentation of it. The movie ends up being a recreation of the tortured mind, the angst, the regrets, of this young father. And so the movie recreates that anxiety in the viewer. It seems impressive on some detached level, but it doesn't quiet work. The shaky camera, the constant striving and looking, the endless lack of progress, makes for unpleasant viewing. That doesn't mean it isn't interesting, but it isn't enjoyable. Oddly enough, many movies about terrible things manage to rise above their terribleness and the movie becomes moving, or enlightening, or simply aesthetic. "Keane" doesn't try to do any of those things.

It would help if Lewis were able to create a more sympathetic type. You do want him to succeed, but you also don't want to really spend an hour and a half with him like this. When a second character, a young woman, arrives halfway through, it seems like a crack in the gloom, but then she doesn't become a major character. Her daughter, gradually, does, but only in a symbolic way--we never quite get to know or sympathize with the daughter directly.

This is all more analysis than criticism, really. But it's a heads up for people looking for a certain kind of emotional drama. A movie like "Julie" has a filmic richness that takes an even worse situation about a child and makes it gripping. "Keane" remains in the mind and emotional troubles of its main character, and in Lewis's hands that's not really enough.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Lodge Kerrigan Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,151, 11 September 2005

Gross USA:

$33,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$476,630
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