Keane is the story of a man in whose daughter was abducted a year before from a bus station, when she was six. The film follows his search for her and for some peace from his torment. However, as the film progresses it becomes more and more unclear whether his mental disintegration is subsequent to the loss of his daughter, or whether this is one of many terrifying delusions.
Damian Lewis is this film, he is in almost every frame, usually filling the screen with a close up on his face, the landscape is reduced to what you can see around him, adding to the viewer's sense disorientation and fear; like Keane, you never know what is just out of shot.
It is an exceptional performance, totally gripping. There are not many films that evoke empathy with mental illness, rather than sympathy, disgust, voyeuristic fascination or sentimentality. This film succeeds.
It is uncomfortable, it is claustrophobic, but it is a completely extraordinary film, that will haunt you.