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Ja­son (Em­met Kir­wan) spends his days swag­ger­ing around Dublin like he’s young and care­free, though nei­ther is quite true any­more. The late nights of coke and yokes have turned into a never-end­ing quest for them that is slowly tak­ing its toll. He’s miss­ing work and let­ting down his friends – but sure it’s all good craic, right? It’s not un­til Ja­son bumps into his es­tranged brother Daniel (Ian Lloyd An­der­son) on the streets of Dublin that he re­alises it might not be, any­more.

Daniel is slowly re­cov­er­ing from heroin ad­dic­tion, and as the two broth­ers ad­dress their is­sues over a se­ries of meet­ings in Dublin city, Ja­son is forced to con­front his sense of su­pe­ri­or­ity about which drugs he uses to es­cape re­al­ity. Kir­wan and Lloyd are both com­pelling per­form­ers, with An­der­son bring­ing a melan­cholic in­tel­li­gence to the role. He serves as a beau­ti­ful foil to the more out­ra­geous and comic char­ac­ters in Ja­son’s life – and there are many. Dublin Old­school is con­sis­tently up­roar­i­ous in its por­trait of young Dublin­ers al­ways look­ing for bants and raves.

Di­rec­tor Dave Ty­nan’s vi­sion of Dublin is au­then­tic and raw, cap­tur­ing the ex­u­ber­ance of gigs and house par­ties; the brain-slow­ing, sense-height­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of drugs; and the warped Lynchian cin­ema that is mem­ory. This may be Old­school, but it’s a new telling – and it’s thrilling.

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