Rated NR · 78 minutes · 2009

Adventure, Animated
After watching this film, I watched it again. And again and again. It’s one of the most gorgeous animated features in years, reminiscent of the best of 1960s-1970s animation. Brendan, a young boy at a medieval monastery, wants to be an illustrator of illuminated manuscripts. When the famous Brother Aidan comes around, he gets his chance—plus an opportunity to see the faerie-filled forests beyond the fortified walls of the community. Drawn in stunning 2-D, with a rich sense of Irish ornamental design, everything is swirls and Celtic knots and snakes and trees and wolves and waves undulating into each other, in concentric circles and psychedelic ornamentation. Children will love it, and the filmmakers didn’t need to add winking references to make it palatable for adults: You’ll enjoy it just as much as the kids, and for the very same reasons.

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Director: Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey
Producer: Didier Brunner, Tomm Moore, Viviane Vanfleteren and Paul Young
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath and Paul Young


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Indy Week The Secret of the Kells is worthy but esoteric This Oscar-nominated fable from director Tomm Moore and the producers behind the sublime The Triplets of Belleville summons the influences of past and present animated masters, particularly the recent works of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). by Neil Morris 04/28/2010
Portland Mercury Everything Is Illuminated The breathtakingly gorgeous The Secret of Kells. by Erik Henriksen 04/29/2010
Chicago Reader European Union Film Festival Featuring Hadewijch, Brotherhood, and more by J.R. Jones, Andrea Gronvall and Cliff Doerksen 03/25/2010

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