IRE 2001 18mins Dir: Jennifer Keegan Starring: Brendan Gleeson and Charlotte Bradley
A chance encounter on a train between a woman and a blind man ends in tragic circumstances
Cáca Milis (literally ‘Sweet Cake’) is yet another dark and disturbing Irish short that is filmed almost entirely onboard a train. Two stations feature in this drama, Rathdrum appears at the beginning and Dalkey, on the DART system, features at the end. The train is (largely) formed of Mk.3 coaching stock hauled by a Class 181 diesel-electric. Cáca Milis is studied by students who study Irish for the Leaving Cert and, as such, it has become a cult classic among Irish youth and is much talked about to this day. It is a distressing film that manages to disturb thousands of Irish students every year, but it can not build a reputation by being poor, and Gleeson puts in one of his best performances on screen. Having taught the language for years he is a champion of Irish Gaelic, and the film does justice to that. With thanks to Ewan Duffy for help in identifying the stations.