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by Ger Leonard


Ireland. Over the course of five days, several people collide and pass each other by. And sometimes, unknown to themselves, they affect each other’s lives; occasionally happily - more often times tragically. Jess, along with her mother Jean and their beloved dog Mr. Bones, flee from her abusive stepfather Stephen and seek refuge with her lonely grandmother Margaret. Jackie, their widowed neighbor, is reconciled with her sons Robbie and Brian and cares for a litter of kittens. Alison, a young veterinarian who has a messy affair with Stephen, reclaims her independence and decides to keep her child, whilst he is left with nothing, literally hitting rock bottom. Meanwhile, homeless drug addict Nick saves an old, neglected dog and together, resolved and at peace, they relinquish their fragile grasp on life.

original title: Five Day Shelter
country: Ireland, France
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Ger Leonard
film run: 83'
screenplay: Ger Leonard
cast: John Lynch, Kate Dickie, Ger Ryan, Michael Fitzgerald, Stella McCusker, Marcella Plunkett
cinematography by: Tim Fleming
film editing: Frank Reid
art director: Annabel Konig
costumes designer: Lara Campbell
music: Alex Leonard
producer: Liam O'Neill, Villi Ragnarsson
production: Paradox Pictures, Rendez-Vous Production, RedRay Films
backing: Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen.
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