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The Van Directed by Stephen Frears

The Van is the third and last in a series of Irish films based on books by Roddy Doyle (The Commitments, The Snapper). Colm Meaney returns as Larry, a foul-mouthed and idiosyncratic family man who's been on welfare for quite some time. His wife (Caroline Rothwell) works and also is going to school.

When Bimbo (Donal O'Kelly) loses his job in a bakery which he's had for 25 years, Larry is there to lift his spirits and keep him occupied on the golf course and at the local pub. But before the two get too relaxed in unemployment, Bimbo seizes the day by purchasing and refurbishing a decrepit old van. Soon they are partners — selling fish, chips, and hamburgers at local sporting events. The only problem is that they just can't get along as business associates. Bimbo's too laid back and then gets offended when Larry runs roughshod over him.

Director Stephen Frears does a fine job in accentuating the humorous side of their entrepreneurial efforts. In the end, Bimbo and Larry come to agree with Socrates who said, "There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend." The surprising finale of The Van shows what some people will sacrifice to keep this special relationship alive.

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Comments (56)

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on July 27, 2013

Es una maravillosa vista de mar y cielo and "the van" completa la escena.. Siempre agradezco una corrección bien intencionada, de hecho cambie ya el nombre--Like 26--AnaM

kostas papantoniou on August 5, 2013

Querida AnaMaria,gracias por los cumplidos.

Lemonio on August 13, 2013

Nice photo like

kostas papantoniou on August 19, 2013

Thank you Lemonio

Marina T on October 22

like 28 & ys 11

blu blu blu fantastico blu ! saluti Marina

kostas papantoniou on October 31

Grazie Marina

Christos Theodorou on October 31

Ένας υπέροχος ουρανός, πολύ καλή λήψη. Φιλικά.

kostas papantoniou on November 4

Ευχαριστώ Χρήστο

Klein-Bonsels on November 12

jetzet kapier ich den titel. mal wieder voll in schwarze getroffen - ein echter kostas eben! grüssle, marc

kostas papantoniou on November 12

Vielen Dank Marc

Ahmet Bekir on November 13

So lovely blue scene and image kostas...liked&ys of course, best wishes, Ahmet

kostas papantoniou on November 13

Thank you Ahmet

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kostas papantoniou on January 14

Thank you Nyx Ning

paolo savigni on January 30

Warm gretings, Paolo

kostas papantoniou on January 30

Grazie Paolo

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