The Lives Of The Saints (2006)
Sunday 11th March 2007
Roadrunner, an errand boy for a small-time gangster, Mr Karva, stumbles across an abandoned child, which he believes is an angel. Even more miraculously the young boy seems to have the power to make dreams come true. Othello, Karva's stepson, uses their new 'dreammaker' to win a few bets, but that only leads to growing rivalry and greed which threatens to spin out of control.The Lives Of The Saints, released by Tartan Video on 12th March 2007, is co-directed by Chris Cottam and Rankin, renowned photographer and founder of style magazine Dazed and Confused.
Set in modern-day London, it captures the local flavour of Haringey and its environment whilst adopting elements of magical realism. The young boy is a catalyst for transforming lives, making dreams come true and no-one remains untouched by the experience, finding moments of snatched happiness. Otherwordly figures, especially angels, have been seen in films as varied as Wings of Desire, A Life Less Ordinary and It's A Wonderful Life. Written by Tony Grisoni, who has also scripted Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and the recent Brothers Of The Head, he has combination of the ordinary and the extraordinary, infusing a touch of fantasy onto the harder, grittier edges of its urban setting.
The filmmakers have assembled a cast of relative newcomers such as David Leon (These Foolish Things) and Bronson Webb (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) as well as seasoned actors like Marc Warren (Band of Brothers, Hustle, Dracula) and James Cosmo (Trainspotting; Braveheart).
The Lives Of The Saints brings a touch of magic to the ruthless streets of London.
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