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Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another, Francie's world sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia (directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent, a nasty neighbor) and fantasy (where he has visions of the Virgin Mary). Written by
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You can do one bad thing, can't you, Joe? You can do one bad thing. That doesn't mean for the rest of your life everyone's going to say, "He did it! It's him! He did the bad thing!"
No. And even if they did, what we'd say is that we don't care, we're too busy.
That's what we would say. We'd say, "Excuse us, we're too busy!"
Yeah, and we'd say, "Mind your own business."
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I'd be lying if I claimed that the original reason I saw this wasn't
anything as simple and basic as curiosity... the plot simply sounds so
bizarre that one can't help but wonder about the movie itself. The
movie is a wonderful mix of surrealism, drama and black comedy. As
another reviewer points out, the accents may make the dialog a little
hard to make out... I was fortunate enough to have subtitles(as any
Dane will tell you, we get subtitles on everything that is presented to
us on a screen), but I think most anyone who has a good enough grasp on
the English language(and a good ear wouldn't hurt) will be able to
understand, at the very least, enough of it to follow what's going on.
The film is quite disturbing... it's told by a psychotic, and
everything is seen from his point of view, making the line between
truth and fantasy blur. The narrative is impressive, underplaying some
scenes to great effect. The plot is interesting. The pacing is a tad
uneven... while most of the film moves as it should, not too fast nor
too slow, there are parts where it seems to come to a complete halt.
Luckily, these parts are few and far between. The characters are
well-written and credible. They are also all competently portrayed. The
acting... wow. What can I say? Eamonn Owens is nothing short of an
artist. As you watch the film(which I hope you will), observe his
eyes... look into them, as he looks around menacingly, and tell me that
you don't feel fear. Pure fear. One is reminded of Donald Pleasence's
marvelous monologue about Michael Myers' eyes(in Halloween, for the
uninitiated). That stare... if I ever met Owens in real life, I doubt
I'd dare look him in the eye. Even more impressively, this was his
debut performance. I'll have to watch more of his movies, to see if he
can pull off other roles as well, but he certainly nailed this one.
Stephen Rea was great... I've seen him in nothing else, but I could
recognize his face from the trailers for V for Vendetta, a movie I'm
looking forward to(even more now that I know he will grace the film
with what is sure to be just as astounding a performance as he gave
here), even though I'm sure it won't live up to Alan Moore's graphic
novel. Sinéad O'Connor was a blast(and seemed to be having one, as
well) as Our Lady. I haven't been able to find out who portrayed the
main character as an adult, but let me tell you, his voice acting is
grand. The narration definitely adds to the film, both in use and in
acting. The writing is great. The whole film is highly entertaining and
very poignant. This should be seen by just about anyone who can live
with(and more importantly, understand) the language and take the
disturbing nature of the film. I recommend this to anyone who is afraid
of neither accents nor the disturbing images contained herein. Very
funny and quite unsettling. 8/10
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