Cáca Milis

2001 film

Cáca Milis (transl. Cake) is a 2001 Irish short film starring Charlotte Bradley and Brendan Gleeson.[1]

Cáca Milis
Directed byJennifer Keegan
Written byBrian Lynch
StarringCharlotte Bradley
Brendan Gleeson
Release date
Running time
18 minutes


Catherine takes care of her elderly mother. She is alone for the only time of the day, and reads a romantic novel in a train. Pól, a blind man with asthma, sits on the other side of the table. His noises, questions and stories annoy her, so she lies to him. She says a worm is in a piece of his cake, making him panic and have an asthma attack. Catherine quietly hides his inhaler, which he looks for. As he loses breath, she places it just out of his reach. He falls over in his seat as she leaves the train.


  • Charlotte Bradley as Catherine, a businesswoman
  • Brendan Gleeson as Pól, a blind man who uses the train regularly
  • Eithne McGuinness as Nora, Catherine's mother
  • Phyllis Ryan as Theresa
  • Ciabhán Ó Murchú as Tea Steward


It is a cult classic among many young Irish people,[2] who study it for the Leaving Cert's Irish exams.[3]


  1. "20 questions everyone asks while watching Cáca Milis".
  2. "QXIR: Strange Disturbing Irish Short Film |Televised Éireann".
  3. Elkin, David. "15 ways Cáca Milis for the Leaving Cert scarred us for life". www.dailyedge.ie.

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