Run Time: 92 minutes
THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER begins with a pantless man dragging a couch onto a beach. He douses it with gasoline and casually sets it on fire. His name is Gabriel, and he is a drummer for an up-and-coming rock band. His bandmates have had enough of his out-of-control antics, though. He’s constantly drunk, and the couch incident is just one of many. When Gabriel agrees to get help, it’s revealed he’s bipolar. His therapist prescribes medicine and enrolls him in treatment, which includes joining a soccer team with other mental health patients. He reluctantly shows up to practice, where the coach pushes him to befriend Christopher, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome. Soon Gabriel can’t seem to get rid of Christopher. But as time goes by, Gabriel will discover Christopher is not just the only friend he really has, but also exactly the kind he needs. This funny, moving film examines an anomalous union that seems doomed from the start. However, their unlikely but beautiful friendship will give them both the pieces they’ve been missing. —E.F.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at 7:00 PM
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Nick Kelly was born in Dublin, Ireland. He has directed multiple award-winning shorts, including “Shoe,” which was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards®. That same year, Kelly wrote and directed a fundraising film for the Irish Film Archive, featuring Saoirse Ronan. THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER won the award for Best First Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh.
THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER (2017)
Jacob McCarthy, Dermot Murphy, Peter Coonan, Charlie Kelly, Adrian Hudson, Aoibhinn McGinnity
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