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The Van

Unlike the film based on it, Roddy Doyle’s first novel, The Commitments, had a lot more to it than the story of a group of Irish teens who form a soul band. Doyle used music as a torch by which the working-class youth of his tradition-bound nation sought a different cultural identity. This time, he examines the lives of the preceding generation. Sparkling with the same earthy humor as The Commitments, The Van centers on a dilapidated fish-and-chips truck that rescues two old chums from unemployment. Told in slangy dialect, the commendably uncinematic story touches on family, friendship, and soccer, documenting a mundane world with fervent humanity.

The Van
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  • Movie
mpaa
runtime
  • 96 minutes
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