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Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)

An intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited young girl and her proud and dignified family, who are part of Ireland's "traveller" community.


Perry Ogden

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Complete credited cast:
Winnie Maughan Winnie Maughan ... Winnie
Rose Maughan Rose Maughan ... Mum
Rosie Maughan Rosie Maughan ... Rosie
Paddy Maughan Paddy Maughan ... Leroy
Michael Collins Michael Collins ... Uncle Martin
Helen Joyce Helen Joyce ... Marie
Abbie Spallen Abbie Spallen ... Shannon
Brian Dignam Brian Dignam ... Council Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Angel ... Arcade Cashier
Joy Astin Joy Astin ... African Hairdresser
Linda Balogun Linda Balogun ... African Hairdresser
Jacqui Caulfield Jacqui Caulfield ... Head Teacher
Hannah Cawley Hannah Cawley ... Campfire Traveler
Patrick Cawley Patrick Cawley ... Paki
Thomas Cawley Thomas Cawley ... Campfire Traveler / Fella


Winnie is ten. Winnie is in trouble at school. Winnie can get violent but only when the other kids disrespect her. Winnie is sensitive but she is unable to express her emotions. Winnie is a little traveler girl. She lives in a trailer in the docks area of Dublin with her mother and a few of her nine brothers and sisters. Her father is away, dead or gone. Everyday life is hard, all the more as the council authorities are intent on evicting them. But Winnie is resilient. Just like her combative mother she survives day after day, holds on, keeps hoping without even being aware of it... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

11 November 2005 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Flickan i husvagnen See more »

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Also selected for the following film festivals:
  • Galway Film Fleadh (2005) Best Feature Film Award
  • Venice Film Festival/ Critic's Week (Sept. 2005)
  • Leeds Film Festival (2005)
  • Festival Cine de Gijon (2005)
  • Mannheim Film Festival (2005) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize/The Ecumenical Jury Prize)
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Nov. 2005)
  • London Film Festival (2005)
  • 35th New Directors New Films Festival (New York 2006)
  • Buenos Aires 8th International Festival of Independent Films (Argentina,2006)
  • Indie Lisboa (Portugal, 2006)
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Rosie: Boring, isn't it?
Winnie: Yeah.
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Performed by Suara Parahiangan
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plainly lacking
24 November 2006 | by joegreene32See all my reviews

Having read some rave reviews and comments on this film, I actually bought the DVD. What a disappointment. Has everyone been watching the same film. Nothing happens. A young traveler girl wanders from scene to scene, the non-narrative stretched to near breaking point. If anything, the style and technique are lifted straight from the Dardenne brothers film Rosetta, albeit without the gripping story and plot. What we have here is a con job, mutton dressed as lamb. This slight drama masquerades as social comment, but there is an uneasy feeling as you watch it that a middle-class professional fashion photographer could be accused of exploiting the travelers. I can only deduce that it appeals to other middle class liberals who want to get down with the tinkers, but who wouldn't lift a finger or inquire further on their behalf. Above all, it's boring. High point the mother's performance, low point the long shots where nothing happens. The piano music at the end says it all. Warning: Brendan Gleeson is not in this film.

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