The Van

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Time Out says

In the winter of '89, Bimbo (O'Kelly), a baker from Dublin's Barrytown, is made redundant, but the last thing he wants is to loaf all day in a pub like his jobless mates. The mobile chip-and-burger business beckons. By the spring he and Larry (Meaney) have gone into partnership, buying a filthy run-down van in the hope of cashing in on the euphoria igniting Ireland during the 1990 World Cup. It's tough work, but both men's families chip in. Indeed, Larry's so keen to keep his own brood in work that Bimbo sometimes feels the need to remind him who's boss. The final film adaptation of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy is a jauntily enjoyable comedy about unemployment. Occasionally the direction is too determinedly feel-good, but as the film proceeds and the men's partnership becomes increasingly strained, the jokes are underpinned by something more substantial: it gradually becomes clear that Larry's larky ways are partly symptomatic of irresponsibility, partly a defence against despondency; and that friendship depends on some sort of equality. Fun, on the whole.
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Release details

UK release:

1996

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Stephen Frears

Cast:

Ruaidhri Conroy, Neili Conroy, Caroline Rothwell, Ger Ryan, Donal O'Kelly, Colm Meaney, Jack Lynch

Music:

Richard Hartley, Eric Clapton

Production Designer:

Mark Geraghty

Editor:

Mick Audsley

Cinematography:

Oliver Stapleton

Screenwriter:

Roddy Doyle

Producer:

Lynda Myles

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