The Keeper (DVD)
A deft, often chilling look at the unexploded dynamite of guard/prisoner relations, The Keeper is a searing psychological drama stunningly acted by Giancarlo Esposito (Do the Right Thing, Fresh, Malcolm X), African superstar Isaach De Bankole (Night on Earth, Chocolat) and Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away, A Family Thing).
Like the best work of Charles Burnett and Spike Lee, Joe Brewster's The Keeper looks beyond the stylish mayhem of "hood" cinema for something more real. In doing so it offers the viewer both a riveting story and a range of characters that richly illuminate black America today.
Giancarlo Esposito is Paul Lamont, a corrections officer at the King's County House of Detention in Brooklyn. Disillusioned with the justice system and those who enter it, Paul isn't sure what he believes anymore. His life is changed when he meets Jean-Baptiste (De Bankole), a Haitian immigrant imprisioned for a rape he swears he did not commit. Paul is moved by the young man's plight and helps him with his bail, eventually opening his home to him. Paul and his wife Angela (Taylor) soon find themselves under the spell of a charming stranger, with tragic results, as they learn that even acts of mercy have a price.
- Theatrical Trailer
- Stills Gallery
- Joe Brewster - Director
- Giancarlo Esposito - Actor
- Issach De Bankole - Actor
- Regina Taylor - Actor
- Marcus H. Rosenmüller - Director
- Marcus H. Rosenmüller - Writer
- Nicholas J. Schofield - Writer
- David Kross - Actor
- Freya Mavor - Actor
- John Henshaw - Actor
- Harry Melling - Actor
- Gary Lewis - Actor
- Dervla Kirwan - Actor
- Michael Socha - Actor
- Barbara Young - Actor
"Not to be missed." - Manohla Dargis, L. A. Weekly
"Esposito gives a star-making performance." - Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Press
"A charming and often enlightening watch."
"A heartfelt and sympathetic story."
Winner of Ten U.S. Film Festival Audience Awards!
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Baltimore Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Sedona International Film Festival
Boca Grande Film Festival
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Gold Coast International Film Festival
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival