The Butcher Boy (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB

Ireland/USA, 1997.  Geffen Pictures.Screenplay by Neil Jordan, , based on the novel by Pat McCabe.  Cinematography by .Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Unappealing drama from Neil Jordan about a ruthlessly militant boy (an excellent ) who terrorizes his neighbourhood in an attempt to promote his personal (and weird) philosophies on life. Though it takes place in lush 50s Ireland, this is no Angela’s Ashes: some might be amused by the film’s excessive violence, while others will find its eccentricities to not be worth their time considering their isn’t much substance to it on the whole.   has a wonderful bit part as a vision of the Virgin Mary whom Owens keeps hallucinating about at key moments.

Berlin Film Festival Awards:   Best Director (Neil Jordan); Honourable Mention (Eamonn Owens)

European Film Award:  Best Cinematographer
Nomination: Best European Film

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