Keane

Critics Consensus

The scrutinizing camera angles of Keane might at first feel too close for comfort, but this powerful portrait of a man distraught by the abduction of his child plumbs the depths of mental illness and the corners of fleabag hotels in an intimate and touching examination of the seedier side of life.

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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. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

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Cast

Damian Lewis
as William Keane
Amy Ryan
as Lynn Bedik
Abigail Breslin
as Kira Bedik
Liza Colon-Zayas
as First Ticket Agent
John Tormey
as Second Ticket Agent
Ed Wheeler
as First Bus Driver/Ticket Taker
Yvette Mercedes
as Woman in Department Store
Chris Bauer
as Bartender
Lev Gorn
as Drug Dealer
Frank Wood
as Assaulted Commuter
Alexander Robert Scott
as First Cab Driver
Phil McGlaston
as Second Cab Driver
Tina Holmes
as Michelle
Ted Sod
as Gas Station Attendant
Stephen Henderson
as Garage Employee
Omar Rodríguez
as Garage Manager
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Critic Reviews for Keane

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Audience Reviews for Keane

  • Sep 08, 2013
    A disturbed man spends his days wandering around the Port Authority searching for his daughter who was abducted a year ago; is he sane enough to help take care of his welfare-hotel neighbor's daughter, who's about the same age as his lost girl? A well-intentioned and humane character study that suffers in comparison to the writer/director's more intense schizo dad debut, CLEAN, SHAVEN.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2011
    Disturbing, yet thought provoking, it was hardly bearable in all the right kind of ways.
    Logan G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2011
    A really good, low-key. gritty and realistic portrait of a schizophrenic man attempting to locate his aducted daughter. The film follows William Keane, played excellently by Damian Lewis, through various bars, hotel rooms and bathrooms. He drinks lotsa beers, snorts coke, gets into fights and has casual sexual encounters along the way, until he meets a a women and her daughter and decides to help them pay for their hotel room. A relationship builds between these three characters and we begin to question the reality of Keanes daughter. The performances are really good all around and the tone is gritty and always believable. The pace is very slow and as such will not appeal to all audiences, but if you want to see something that is downbeat and realistic you could do alot worse. Recommended.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    <div style="width:290px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/keane-13920483"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/92/04/13920483_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:290px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/keane-13920486"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/92/04/13920486_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:290px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/keane-13920487"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/92/04/13920487_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:290px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/keane-13920492"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/13/92/04/13920492_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:290px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/keane-13920488"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/13/92/04/13920488_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <I>KEANE</I> (2004) Indepedent WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Lodge Kerrigan FEATURING: Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Amy Ryan GENRE: DRAMA/THRILLER TAGS: grim, gritty, disturbing PLOT: The lives of three desperate people intersect when a schizophrenic man clings to sanity long enough to help a distressed woman and her young daughter in the underbelly of Manhattan. COMMENTS: Intense, suspenseful, unpredictable, <I>Keane</I> is an unsettling story that disorients the viewer by stripping him of any sense of control or foresight. In this harrowing, unusual drama, a mentally ill man struggles to pull himself together when his tenuous personal odyssey is interrupted by a dislocated woman with her eight year old daughter in tow. Keane (Lewis) is frantically searching for his abducted daughter who he lost in New York's Port Authority bus terminal months before. Battling the adversity of delusions and an already unbalanced brain chemistry exacerbated by substance abuse, he aimlessly drifts through seedy Manhattan locales with a feverish purpose. Querying passersby with a newspaper photo of his child, retracing his steps leading to his daughter's disappearance, Keane has at best a shaky grasp on reality. As he precariously teeters on the edge of sanity, he has numerous close scrapes and we are left to wonder if his daughter and her supposed abduction are real or merely a delusional schizophrenic construct. Is Keane driven mad because of his sense of guilt over the disappearance of his little girl, or is the entire episode imagined because he is mad? Keane's life is complicated, yet conversely given direction when he forms an uneasy alliance with a questionable woman (Breslin) and her bewildered daughter (Ryan) who are similarly mired in a helpless situation of their own. Can Keane keep hold of himself long enough to help, and if so, will his efforts bear fruit or is he being conned? And what about his missing child? Is she real? Can Keane separate fantasy from reality or will he confuse his situation with that of his new wards? While <I>Keane</I> shares some fleeting similarities to moments such as the all-night diner scene in <I>Midnight Cowboy</I>, the overall mood of harsh, unbuffered reality, unabashed locations, and the characters' personal eccentricities compares most closely with Francis Ford Coppola's 1969 film, <I>The Rain People</I> Like <I>The Rain People</I>, <I>Keane</I> offers a stark, almost excruciatingly real and raw, documentary-like dose of gritty people and their situations, unsoftened by mood-setting background music, or storybook establishing shots. The gloomy, seamy visual footprint is claustrophobic, the settings non-idealized and the treatment of the subject matter unapologetic. <I>Keane</I> forces an unsettling, voyeuristic stare at it's subject. Filmed from Keane's vantage point, the viewer is made to feel like he is that shell of the once sane anti-hero, trapped inside Keane himself, but unable to intervene as a more powerful, perverse alter-ego takes control and carries him along for the ride. Infused with a mix of empathy and revulsion, we do our best to hold on and roll with the punches as Keane inexorably falters down an uncertain path, doing his best, sometimes falling short, leaving us to hold our breath and persistently wonder, "what next?" <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11131175"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/uTCqP-lrTRI/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Keane</I> - theatrical trailer <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11131174"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/PQH7_hHjEzQ/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Keane</I> - Magnolia Pictures trailer
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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