Borstal Boy (2000)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Romance


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Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.


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15 June 2001 | gianniz
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| Stunning return of the reform-school film.
In wartime England a reform school headed by a benign warden harbors troublemakers of different nationalities. The IRA rascal, brilliantly played by an American, Sean Hatosy, is just one of the boys whose antics propel Sheridan's film through comic scenes to a finale of loss and sadness. Sheridan's cutting is quick and deft, and, except for the last 10 minutes the plot skillfully avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality.

Warning to new directors: pop songs on a movie soundtrack can be injurious to your film, as it is here, along with a peculiarly stagy ending in an Irish railway station, where the hero vanishes into clouds of steam.

Otherwise the film is very moving, and certainly one of the best investigations ever into the rightness of feelings of love. Defying the long and awesome tradition of Irish verbal art, Sheridan demonstrates that sometimes silence is the best way to express the feelings that attend separation. The inmates' production of Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" is a small triumph. The entire film is a huge triumph for director Sheridan. See it in a theater with a good sound system: sometimes the Irish-accented English can be hard to grasp.

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Release Date:

8 December 2000

Language

English, Irish


Country of Origin

UK, Ireland

Filming Locations

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,164 3 March 2002

Gross USA:

$87,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,400

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