The Van
Filmfest 2009

It isn't just its Irish working-class characters who emerge as endearingly larger than life in Stephen Frears's fine, full-blooded new comedy, The Van. The beer is beerier, the spice burgers are spicier and Christmases more Christmassy. As for the clogged arteries and heaving stomachs of characters who seem never to have heard of the concept of fat-free anything, the best defense against an astronomical cholesterol count, this boisterous movie suggests, is a roaring lust for life, come grease or high water. If THE VAN views its characters and their environment through rose-colored glasses, it keeps one foot firmly planted in the real world. You feel the ties that bind its characters to one another and to their community, and they feel secure. Stephen Holden, in: The New York Times, May 16, 1997

tags: Feature film

Cast: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan, Caroline Rothwell, Neilí Conroy


Director: Stephen Frears