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American independent filmmaker Lodge Kerrigan returned after a six-year hiatus with this formally challenging tale of a disheveled man desperately searching New York City for his young daughter. Keane takes its name from its central character, a middle-aged man (Damien Lewis) who wanders Port Authority with a seemingly tenuous grasp of his sanity, muttering to himself and causing altercations with passers-by. He claims to have lost his daughter at a bus station, and consistently pleads for assistance from indifferent authority figures. When he's not roaming the streets, he uses his meager savings to rent out a room nightly in a cheap hotel; there, he meets Lynn (Amy Ryan), a single mother with a daughter, Kyra (Abigail Breslin), almost the same age as Keane's missing child. As he grows closer to Lynn and Kyra, he starts to see the young girl as instrumental in deciphering his own loss. Keane premiered at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival before securing a 2005 theatrical release.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 59
- Fresh: 49
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Keane is emotionally involving right from the beginning through its final frame.
Fresh: The director is able to rivet us with this small story, simply because he observes it all with such a hard, unblinking gaze.
Fresh: Lewis delivers a convincing, powerful and highly nuanced performance as a man who's fighting desperately to keep his illness in check and lead a normal life.
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Great acting, great picture, heavy story, its a rare thing and i can say it enough the acting was unbelieveable. Dude from tv show LIFE and from that great movie DREAMCATCHER, he is awsome. true actor.
A very powerful movie. Damian Lewis had me thinking he truly IS schizophrenic, and as usual, Abigail Breslin shined. One of the beter movies I've seen in a while. If you're looking for a plot that's gift wrapped and spoon fed to you in digestible liitle chunks, like 99% of the garbage Hollywood gives us, look elsewhere. This is a thinking mans (or woman's) movie.
What can I say
I think this film works for what it is. It makes no apologies for being a low budget indie thriller. Is it Memento? NO. But every film can't be perfect.