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by Chris Cottam, Rankin


In North London, a shady dealer lives an undisturbed existence. But the arrival of a ten-year old boy changes all that. The boy is apparently gifted with unnatural powers. Little miracles start to happen and the boy, whether he just brings luck – or is an agent sent by God – turns life in the neighborhood upside down. The jealousy of those who are unable to take advantage of his powers turns ugly and violent. Worse, a kind of malaise spreads that spoils longstanding loves and friendships, bringing madness and death. Moving from violence to extreme tenderness, the film takes the form of a traditional narrative and adapts it into a contemporary fable.

original title: The Lives of the Saints
country: United Kingdom
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Chris Cottam, Rankin
film run: 100'
screenplay: Tony Grisoni
cast: James Cosmo, David Leon, Emma Pierson, Bronson Webb
cinematography by: Baz Irvine
film editing: Chris Gill
art director: Emma Field
costumes designer: Jane Petrie
music: Rob Lane
producer: Angie Daniell, Laura Hastings-Smith, Augusto Romano
production: Dazed Film & TV
distributor: Tartan Distribution
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