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Directed By
Lodge H. Kerrigan, Lodge H. Kerrigan

Written By:
Lodge H. Kerrigan

Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Amy Ryan, Amy Ryan

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Keane (2005)
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Movie Review by AJ
August 21st, 2006

Few films are as emotionally haunting as Lodge H. Kerrigan's Keane, a very powerful look at a man whose daughter has been missing for months, and how he's beginning to break down, both mentally and physically. We watch as he coasts from alcoholic bouts of incoherence to drug-induced extremes, all the while futilely trying to find his daughter. Much of the film is difficult to watch, it is so frankly realistic; it's a complete shame that Damian Lewis didn't even get a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for his truly stellar work here. His title character of Keane remains an enigma throughout the film: Is he schizophrenic? Is he homeless? Did his daughter ever even exist? The film wouldn't have worked nearly as well without a performer like Lewis, who never goes over-the-top and who always wraps Keane in believable yet somewhat disturbing layers, adding a certain richness to Kerrigan's moody, shaky handicam environment. A brilliant film, and only Kerrigan's third...I now feel compelled to track down the first two and to plead with him to get something else out as soon as possible.

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