The Secret of Kells

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Released 2009

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2009
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Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the falry Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It is only fitting that a movie concerned with the power and beauty of drawing -- the almost sacred magic of color and line -- should be so gorgeously and intricately drawn.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Teaches important lessons in the most casual, joyful way. How it manages to do that is probably the biggest secret of all.

  • 80

    Variety

    With its jewel-bright colors and intricate use of lines, the result is absolutely luscious to behold.

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    Paul Young

    Brother Square (voice)

    Brendan Gleeson

    Brendan Gleeson

    Abbot Cellach (voice)

    Liam Hourican

    Liam Hourican

    Brother Tang / Leonardo (voice)

    Michael McGrath

    Michael McGrath

    Adult Brendan (voice)

    Mick Lally

    Mick Lally

    Aidan (voice)

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    Pre-Teens, Family Dramas, Tweens, Grade Schoolers, Foreign Language