Ten-year-old Winnie (Winnie Maughan) lives with her mother and siblings in a dilapidated trailer on the side of the road in a desolate industrialised area of contemporary Dublin. Following Winnie through several weeks of her life as she struggles with her identity as a young Traveller girl, Pavee Lackeen dispels stereotypes to offer an intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited youngster and her proud, dignified family struggling day by day against faceless bureaucracy, poverty and prejudice. Pavee Lackeen presents an unflinching and realistic portrait of a marginalised community living in a modern, prosperous Ireland. Filmed with a cast of mostly non-professionals - with Winnie Maughan's illuminating presence providing the film with its beating heart - the use of Travelling people playing characters near to their own resonates with real life experience. Evoking Kes and 'In This World' with its realistic approach and avoidance of sentimentality, director Perry Ogden - who documented the experience of the young poor in Dublin with his photo book 'Pony Kids' - has crafted one of the most distinctive debuts to come out of Ireland in years.
Dogme 95-style film with good natural performances
- Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl review by AER
This Irish film by photographer Perry Ogden is a fly-on-the-wall view of life as a traveller living in urban Dublin. Winnie is 10 and has been kicked out of school, and her family are being evicted from their location on council land. The council are obliged to provide running water and a school education for the travellers on their land, but through some underhanded means, the council get them to move and leave them with no choices but to carry on getting by. It's an engrossing film that follows the trails of young Winnie without preaching or making statements., Everything you need to understand the difficulties facing Winnie and her family are in plain view. Recommended, however, some will be turned off by the lack of production values and the camera work. It looks like it's been made in the Dogme 95-style (barring a few deviations).
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