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


An exhausted businesswoman named Catherine is sitting on a train reading a romantic novel. It is established that this is the only time in the day where she has time for herself, as she is otherwise caring for her ageing mother. A blind man with asthma called Pól sits across from her. He proceeds to annoy her and prevent her from reading her book in peace by making loud noises, asking peculiar questions and telling inane stories. When Catherine gets sick of Pól constantly annoying her, she begins to taunt and confuse him. She learns that he becomes short of breath when he is confused. Eventually, she tells him that a piece of the sweet cake that he is eating has a worm in it. When she tells him this he panics and begins to suffer from an asthma attack. He attempts to find his inhaler on the table, but Catherine quietly takes it and hides it from Pól. As he suffocates, she places the inhaler back down on the table just out of his reach. Pól slumps over in his seat as Catherine disembarks from the train.


  • Charlotte Bradley as Catherine, a businesswoman who's caring for her ageing mother
  • 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


The film is studied by Irish students who study Irish for the Leaving Certificate Examination.[2] As such, it has become a cult classic among Irish youth.[3]


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

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