Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Ireland/USA, 1997. Geffen Pictures.Screenplay by Neil Jordan, Pat McCabe, based on the novel by Pat McCabe. Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.Produced by Redmond Morris, Stephen Woolley. Music by Elliot Goldenthal. Production Design by Anthony Pratt. Costume Design by Sandy Powell. Film Editing by Tony Lawson.
Unappealing drama from Neil Jordan about a ruthlessly militant boy (an excellent Eamonn Owens) 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. Sinéad O’Connor 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