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Cast: Michael Drayer, Jonathan Dwyer, Zachary Booth, Vincent Ferro, Leslie Murphy, Karen Allen, Henry Zebrowski, Anthony Amorim, Peter Riegert, Geoffrey Wigdor, Julia Giolzetti, Jon Corry, Nicholas M. Marino, Frosty Lawson, Stephen Lang, Tabatha Joy, Matthew Harkins, Lizzy Grant, Daniel Carpenter, Robbie Sublett, Nick Thurston ...LESS
"White Irish Drinkers is set in 1975 in the Bay Ridge area in Brooklyn, an enclave of working-class, hardscrabble families with a societal code that discourages any aspirations to leave the neighbourhood. In the thick of it are two brothers, Danny (Geoff Wigdor) and Brian (Nick Thurston), who... MORE
"White Irish Drinkers is set in 1975 in the Bay Ridge area in Brooklyn, an enclave of working-class, hardscrabble families with a societal code that discourages any aspirations to leave the neighbourhood. In the thick of it are two brothers, Danny (Geoff Wigdor) and Brian (Nick Thurston), who dare to dream of life elsewhere. But their reasons for leaving, and their means of doing so, are so opposed that they threaten to destroy their entire family and, potentially, each other. Elder brother Danny has suffered years of physical and verbal abuse from his flinty, alcoholic father (Stephen Lang) and is relying on his criminal ambitions to get the two brothers as far from Bay Ridge as possible. Brian doesn’t share Danny’s enthusiasm for crime and keeps his hopes and heart locked away in the basement of their apartment building, where he spends all of his free time drawing and painting. When Whitey (Peter Riegert), the owner of a failing local cinema where Brian works, announces a concert by The Rolling Stones that will share profits with the young man, Brian guardedly hopes that his secret ambition to attend art school might finally be realized. But soon Danny’s reckless crimes, his father’s alcohol-soaked temper and Brian’s flailing attempts to avoid both collide and the resulting turmoil ends in an upheaval that affects the entire community. White Irish Drinkers is a gritty, moving story about finding the courage to make a better choice, rather than accepting the easier options that lie directly in front of you. The quiet, tenuous glue that somehow holds the family together is the boys’ mother, Margaret, played with earthy stoicism by Karen Allen. Despite years of a soul-destroying marriage to a profoundly difficult man, Margaret’s staunch Catholicism demands that she stand by him, even though she is afraid to face the inevitable realities of her sons’ futures. When she discovers Brian’s secret studio, she shares a spark of hope, fulfillment and amazement that she has a child with a gift, something that may lift him into a better future than any she could provide." Quoting Jane Schoettle from the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival site. LESS
A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring scheme to steal enough money for the two to escape, timed around the chaos of an upcoming Rolling Stones concert. The sensitive younger brother, Brian, ultimately has a choice: remain loyal to the brother with whom he shares a powerful love-hate bond, or use his hidden talent as an artist as his own ticket out of their dead-end existence.
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