Kings

Kings

DVD - 2008
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"A close-knit team of six young men sailed away from Ireland in 1977 with dreams of a better life. Thirty years later, they reunite at the wake after one of them suddenly dies. Hardened by years of disappointment and drink, they quickly realize that their bonds of friendship have weakened, provoking regret, jealousy and tension. As they reveal their guilty feelings about their dead friend and their past, they are confronted with the bitter reality of their lives-- and the appalling truth of their friend's death."-Container.

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Sep 25, 2009

I noticed that an Irish reader added further interesting comments about Irish drinking culture to Deirdre's blog today at: http://deirdrenicfedlimid.blogspot.com/.

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Deirdre
Jul 16, 2009

General viewers will need extra patience & dedication to see this intense 2007 Irish melodrama right through to the bitter end. It tours the darker side of older-generation Irish male drinking culture, as exemplified by a group of Connemara emigres who reunite in London 30 years later for the funeral of one of them. The script suffers from being tediously over-talky (somewhat understandable since it's based on a play) & serves up predictably large helpings of loyalty & guilt (both stock items in the stereotypical Irish emotional pantry.) Highlights include a gorgeous, restrained performance by Peadar O'Treasaigh as the deceased's grieving father & a glimpse of Dubliner Colm Meaney (of Star Trek fame) returning to his ethnic roots as the character of Joe Mullan. (In 2008 the Irish mail agency An Post issued a stamp showing Meaney in this role.) But most importantly, this film is a cultural landmark, breaking political ground for being the first domestically funded Irish feature film spoken mainly in the Irish tongue--a language that once teetered on the brink of extinction. (Subtitles are also available in English if your gaeilge isn't up to scratch.) With any luck, more films as-gaeilge on subjects more relevant to the newer generation of the Celtic Tiger will follow.

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