"Six Shooter" is the debut written/directed film by playwright Martin McDonagh and now I want to see more of his work.<br/><br/>This film is suffused with death, human and animal; we see or hear about intentional deaths - murder and suicide--, natural deaths --by illness or mysterious causes, accidental deaths, and maybe a few I missed in passing.<br/><br/>Each character deals with death in a different way, from the psychotic to tearful grief to quiet suffering to violent reactions, and the actors portray each fully.<br/><br/>While Brendan Gleeson is the central widower trying to make sense of all these observations of death for his own coping mechanisms, the film is stolen by a motormouth Rúaidhrí Conroy as the most annoying guy to ever be on public transport. He non-stop goes from cheerful to entertaining to manipulative to scary and beyond.<br/><br/>While it does go a bit over the top, the cinematography and settings always ground it in grim reality, with a brief excursion into magic realism.<br/><br/>The Irish scenery outside the railway car windows does look very pretty, in contrast to what's going on inside.<br/><br/>I viewed this film as part of a commercial screening of Oscar nominated shorts.
Comedy / Short
Comedy / Short
At the hospital, a doctor gives Donnelly the bad news: his wife of many years has died. He visits her body, placing a photograph of their pet rabbit on her hands. Then, in the early morning light, he leaves and catches a train back home toward Dublin. He sits across from a young talkative man who seems to have a loose screw, making coarse observations, starting an argument with a couple in the next seats who are clearly tense with each other. Over the next few miles, Donnelly learns that all four have lost someone that night, and, in a strange turn of events, the kid bequeaths to Donnelly a gift that may ease his pain. There's a strange bond in grief.
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