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The Lives of the Saints (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 26 January 2007 (UK)
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 »


Chris Cottam, Rankin


Tony Grisoni
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cosmo ... Mr. Karva
David Leon ... Othello
Emma Pierson ... Tina
Bronson Webb ... Emilio
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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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an interesting, quirky film
3 February 2007 | by illitrate23See all my reviews

Just saw this film today, it's interesting. Obviously not to everyone's taste (as witnessed up the negative reviews on this page) but i don't think it's as bad as people make out.

the story was thought provoking, a little bit of a tale on morality, but with a few bits of comedy, some graphic violence, some social commentary. a little bit of something for everyone.

and thankfully assumes it's audience is smart enough to make up their own minds without needing to spell out and explain everything.

lots has been made of this being Rankin's debut as a directory, i think he's done a good job. i was a little concerned he'd have filled the movie with artsy scene settings and camera-work, but while there are a couple of sections like that, they've been used appropriately for effect, without distracting you from the rest of the film

the actors did a fine job too - i wasn't looking to pick hole in their performances, but i didn't notice any either. most of the cast were new to me, although Emma Pierson is always brilliant in anything she does, and Marc Warren was very good as the priest with a secret.

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