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For the most part director Tom Collins keeps his 2007 adaptation of Jimmy Murphy's play The Kings of the Kilburn High Road from feeling like a staged work. He's helped by the guttural, muscular Irish Gaelic language, which adds a distinctive aural thrust to this story of six combative friends who left Ireland for London in the 1970s. When five of them reunite in middle age for the wake of the sixth, they mourn not only his demise but the slow death of their dreams. The exceptional cast includes Colm Meaney as the one who made good and Donal O?Kelly, a particular standout, as a layabout rotted by alcohol and spite. In English and subtitled Gaelic. 86 min.

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