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Little Angels

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Synopsis

Michelle is young, bright and attractive, leaving prison with a spring in her step and determined to steer clear of the heroin that led her here. Shaun is getting out after a year, his mother Angela there to greet him and take him home to start anew.

In improvised scenes drawn from their past and present experience, Michelle is tempted by a junkie friend and succumbs to an overdose, while Shaun tries hard with his friend Carl to stay straight. It's only a matter of time before Angela's suspicions are confirmed as they return to drugs and thieving. Michelle continues her fighting descent back into addiction, revealing the defining moments of her life: the death of her mother and her father's effective abandonment of her. Angela discusses with Carl's mother the impact of heroin on their lives and her relationships with other men, recalling the despair that led to her attempted suicide. But it's her love which keeps Shaun going, the love Michelle has lost.

In this powerful, often emotional film, Hollywood-bound film director Paul McGuigan achieves a vibrant modern approach to the kind of creative documentary originated by Robert Flaherty and developed by Humphrey Jennings.

Details

Year
2003
Type of film
Features
Running Time
89 mins
Format
Digi Beta
Director
Paul McGuigan
Producer
Eileen Quinn
Executive Producer
Eileen Quinn
Editor
Berny McGurk
Director of Photography
Neville Kidd
Sound
Chris Synor
Music
Various
Principal Cast
Michelle Pickthall, Shaun Mann, Angela Mann

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Production Company

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