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Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)

Michael Collins , Winnie Maughan , Perry Ogden  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Collins, Winnie Maughan, Rosie Maughan, Paddy Maughan, Helen Joyce
  • Directors: Perry Ogden
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synkronized USA
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028YW3EC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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PAVEE LACKEEN: THE TRAVELLER GIRL is an intimate portrait of Winnie, a resilient and spirited young girl, and her family who are part of Dublin’s traveller community, living in a dilapidated trailer on the side of the road in a desolate industrialized area. The film presents an unflinching portrait of a marginalized community often living in third world poverty in a modern, prosperous Ireland. It follows Winnie through several weeks of her life, as she struggles with her identity as a young traveller girl in contemporary Ireland.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars modern day gypsy tale July 29, 2009
By Andy
I got this when last time in Ireland
It follows the daily life of a young traveler girl and her family

The travelers, perhaps Ireland's most Irish yet most marginilized race
This movie or docudrama does not romanticize the gypsy life in the least
There are some sweet humorous moments
yet you do see the poverty,violence and health issues
the traveler's face in these times
Despite this, the Irish states attempts to assimilate
The traveler gypsy population into a normal existence seems awful underhanded
And there relocation of the girl's family does seem more self serving
Image conciousness then actual concern for the travelers
the cast is made up of mostly non professional actors,(Actual travelers most of them) and lead character the traveler girl is played marvelously by Winnie Maughan
this film is so true to the core it seems hard to believe this movie is scripted
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Honestly Know ... February 28, 2010
... how to rate such a film as Pavee Lackeen. It's "cinema verite" multiplied, "reality TV" with a brain behind the camera. It's gritty, squalid, and random -- one can hardly believe that it was scripted -- but that's Reality among Ireland's "traveler" population, the precise social equivalent of the people branded as "poor white trash" in the USA. Trailer trash. Some critics have stuck the label "gypsy" on the family presented in the film, but that label is misleading. The girl Winnie, whom the 'camera' follows through a few weeks of her life, is not even lucky enough to be embedded in a tight-knit ethnic community like the Roma. She's just a girl stigmatized and ostracized for the poverty and haplessness of her family - her mother with ten kids at the mercy of agencies, squatting in her trailer on the side of a road in a run-down industrial district of Dublin. How the camera got so intimate with this clump of hopelessness is hard to imagine. We see Winnie fighting on the schoolyard, draggling through shops and beauty parlors, half-listening to the sermons of counselors and social workers, listlessly managing to survive, showing the most spark as she plays with cosmetics and fantasizes a self with the brazen vulgarity of low-life glamor.

The camera work is - deliberately, I assume - as funky as any low-budget TV reality show: poorly-lit, hand-held, off-center and cramped, full of close-ups that seem to focus on facial blemishes and specks of filth. In short, it's of a piece with its subject matter. What makes it bearable is its non-judgmental objectivity. "Bearable" might be the wrong word; this revelation of social anomie is totally disquieting, embarrassing, shaming to anyone who feels that a society of wealth, even modest wealth, has responsibility for its failing members.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Most REAL film I've seen on Travellers January 21, 2012
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Having lived among and filmed Travellers in the U.S. for about 3 months (and watching as many Traveller films as I can get my hands on), I hold the view that Pavee Lackeen is the MOST realistic and compelling of them all. I love the observational doc style; love the characters; good story line. Drama, crisis, moments of tenderness ... such a range of emotions. Solid cinematography. This is definitely something to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening April 17, 2014
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Just got back from Ireland and wanted to learn more about the underclass know as the "travelers". This story did a good job of expanding my understanding of their plight.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It didn't work for me. December 19, 2012
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It didn't work for me, I know it is a winning documentary but with no subtitles and the local accents made it difficult for USA Speakers to follow sometimes. It was a film that my students voted (college) to take out of rotation for class viewing.
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