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Kings (2007)

A group of men reunite for a friend's funeral.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Mullan
Donal O'Kelly ... Jap Kavanagh
Brendan Conroy ... Git Miller
Donncha Crowley ... Shay Mulligan
Barry Barnes ... Máirtín Rogers
Seán Ó Tarpaigh ... Jackie Flaherty
Peadar O'Treasaigh ... Micil Flaherty
... Joe Mullan Jnr.
Christopher Greene ... Jap Jnr.
Graham Feeley ... Git Jnr.
Ronan Moloney ... Jackie Jnr.
Simon Drislane ... Shay Jnr.
Darragh O'Brien ... Máirtín Jnr.
Gabrielle Reidy ... Maggie
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In the twenty five years they have been there, done that, the Navvy (Irish working man) clock does not stop for alienation or inner despair. They are working men, strong even indestructible. Those gnawing feelings of something not being quite right are ameliorated by the camaraderie of their mates. So what if it all ends in tears or a thumping. They can give as good as they get or used to. At least they are alive and having the craic. Until it all changes, and a silence falls on the reverie of the gang. Tragedy has struck Jackie the youngest, the brightest and the bravest. The gang does what has always been done - they gather together for a Wake, a final celebration, a cheer, to give Jackie Flavin a send off fit for a king, a king of the Kilburn High Road. He, unlike them is set to return to Ireland - his body found bruised and battered on the railway track, crushed by the passing Kilburn train. Jackie's father Micil arrives over to North West London to bring his son home. The gang ... Written by Newgrange Pictures

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Ireland's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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Followed by Kings: From the Bogside to the Bright Lights (2008) See more »

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a sad, gorgeous film
30 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

A beautifully-made film, "Kings" is one of the best movies of this year. The hand-held camera gives it an intimacy too often absent in close-up cinematic portraiture, and allows the viewer a real look at the shocking sadness of the lives of its subjects. Of a group of five friends who leave the west of Ireland in their teens in the late 1970s, Jackie is the first to die. Herein begins a long journey into oblivion for his four friends, all of them living lives very different from what was envisaged at the start of their English odyssey. What "Kings" does, more than anything, is take a long look at the generations of lost Irish in London, those who left Ireland on the boat to work on the building sites and to clean houses, and the sad waste of the loss of potential to the devils of booze. The films stays away from nostaglia or sentiment, and in doing so it creates for the viewer a real picture of how it was for all the thousands of immigrants, most of whom never saw home again.


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