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The Lives of the Saints (2006)

Mr Karva runs a shady little empire in North London. We don't know exactly how he makes his money but we know it's probably not very nice. Mr Karva's stepson, Othello, has ambitions to take... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cosmo ... Mr. Karva
David Leon ... Othello
Emma Pierson ... Tina
Bronson Webb ... Emilio
Sam MacLintock Sam MacLintock ... The Child
Daon Broni Daon Broni ... Roadrunner
Gillian Kearney ... Christella
Marc Warren ... Father Daniel
James Cook James Cook ... Twin Boy I
Jude Cook Jude Cook ... Twin Boy II
Paddy Fletcher Paddy Fletcher ... Drunk / Michali
Stella Quilley Stella Quilley ... Granny
Renu Setna ... Maqsood Senior
Raj Ghatak ... Maqsood Junior
Josh Cole Josh Cole ... Bookie


Mr Karva runs a shady little empire in North London. We don't know exactly how he makes his money but we know it's probably not very nice. Mr Karva's stepson, Othello, has ambitions to take the old man's place; and Othello's fainthearted friend, Emilio, has ambitions of his own. This delicate balance of power is upset when Roadrunner finds a strange, sickly-looking 10 year old boy in the park. All his life, Roadrunner has been on the move - but when he looks into the child's eyes, he finds he can finally stop running. It becomes clear that the child can grant each character their own taste of heaven - the 'perfect, rosy future of your dreams'. The child never talks but transforms the world around him, working on the desire in each character's heart, whatever it may be. Othello wins every bet he makes; Christella finds a new son to replace the baby she lost; Mr. Karva achieves his elusive orgasm and Father Daniel is finally able to express his own secret passions. But nothing ever ... Written by Dazed Film & TV

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content including images of an assault, violence, drug use and some strong language | See all certifications »


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26 January 2007 (UK) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Give me what I want, what I really, really want.
25 January 2007 | by albionislandsSee all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the title of this film - there are far more sinners than saints in it. What happens when you go out for a jog and stumble across a bundle of humanity, thinking at first that it is a drunkard in the gutter, but you then discover that it is a small, angelic looking child? Not only are you surprised by this find, but what subsequently happens when this little beautiful boy appears to have supernatural powers and can change your life according to your will? The possibilities are endless and this film explores some of the enduring themes which have haunted and perplexed mankind since the beginning.

If you like the ancient urban myth of "The Monkey's Paw" you will find much of interest in "The Lives". Be prepared to be taken on a series of personal and emotional journeys, with unexpected results.

Next time you wish for something, be careful. Be very careful indeed.

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