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The Wee Man (review)

17 January 2013 3:58 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

You’d never guess, from this semifictionalized look at his early life and some of his crimes, that Paul Ferris is a notorious Scottish gangster who has courted controversy since he went straight, becoming a literary and reality-tv star and even, outrageously, via taxpayer-funded security and policing contacts in and around Glasgow. No, in this almost genteel film -- or as genteel as a film about men who intimidate and kill for a living can be -- Ferris is a little boy lost, a rare man of principle in an urban cesspit. The world is a scary forest, Ferris’s father (Denis Lawson: Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship) tells young 1974 Paul (Daniel Kerr), where even the cops are monsters; plus bullies killed 10-year-old Paul’s pet dog. And so of course 1990s Paul (Martin Compston: The Damned United) has gotta do what he’s gotta do to survive in such »

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