Gabriel is a drummer in a band. He is also bi-polar. To curb his erratic behaviour and tendencies towards arson, he is persuaded to join a football team. There he meets Christopher, the goalkeeper, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome. An uneasy friendship develops between the two as each learn to understand the foibles of the other. Written and directed by Nick Kelly, this is a subtle observation of mental health issues, of living outside of what society views as ‘normal’ and of finding friendship where you least expect to. Praise too for the performances from Dermot Murphy and Jacob McCarthy. A lovely film, The Drummer and The Keeper delivers poignancy with just the right amount of good humour.
I really enjoyed the film and the main characters really suited it and grew with their characters as the film progressed. Despite it being about mental illness and Asbergers, there were some fun light moments. I particularly liked Gabriels speech at the end. Well done to everyone involved
And the more films that explore these issues, the more barriers are lifted in society. Thanks for the comment, Darren.
Well as a long-term sufferer of depression and anxiety I couldn’t agree more
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