In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.
Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a Man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.
Pig and Runt - born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by blood. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are also partners in crime, with an appetite for recklessness, exploration and destruction. But days before their 17th birthday the perfect balance of their world begins to shift. Pig's sexual awakening and increasing jealousy begins to threaten the private universe they have spent their lives constructing. Unable to contemplate the loss of Runt, Pig's unpredictable nature spirals out of control in a trail of violence. The invisible thread between them is stretched to breaking point, the inseparable are about to separate, and which one will survive depends on which one can break free. Written by
The second song played during the credits called "So New" was written and performed by Cillian Murphy, who played Pig. See more »
During the flashback to Sinéad being spanked by her father Ger Canning can be heard commentating on a hurling game between Cork and Kilkenny, mentioning the names of DJ Carey, Henry Shefflin, Charlie Carter and Diarmuid O' Sullivan, who would only played with and against each other in 1999 at the earliest. The flashback was obviously intended to have been set long before then. See more »
Once upon a time, before there was any blue, I'd take a long long nap in a brand new home. This place, it's like I make up my mind to stay in this lovely warm pink room. The thumpity thump of the heart. My only true path. I tell the noisy world outside to fuck off with all your play-actin', for Runt. She go no where, for no one. That was a time when silence was some sort of friend.
But then my mom would heave and wake all inside. And Runt, she wakes up, cause a baby can't stay ...
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That's the question Runt (Elaine Cassidy) asks at the beginning of the film and her eyes throughout the film give you the impression that like an other Einstein the quest for an answer is distracting her from her life. I admit that when I first saw this film I thought it was stupid and some of the scenes really were unnecessary, like the one where Pig describes his fantasies about Runt to the camera. That might have worked well in a play but it doesn't work well in the movie. But after a second viewing and when I started to understand what the actors were saying because of their thick irish accents, I fell in love with this beautiful film. This is an incredibly beautiful love story of two teenagers whose life has been connected from the day they were born. A connection that has almost ruined their short life and the life of everyone around them. As Runt says at some point while she's staring at the sea "I wish the sea would take me out of me and turn me into something else" (or something to that extent). Elaine Cassidy who was so young and innocent in Atom Egoyan's 'Felicia's journey' turns from a sexy bird when she dances in the club and seduces Pig's random victims, to a dreamer when she's staring at the sea or the sun (the most beautiful moment of the film is the one where Elaine says "and the sun really is a big beautiful shining thing"), to a scared little girl when she watches Pig hit someone at the end of the film (I won't say more to avoid giving away the end of the film) or when she's talking with her new friend at the new school. A brilliant performance by this beautiful young actress. Cillian Murphy who I had the chance to see in '28 days later' gives us an excellent performance as the psycho who has given his heart to Runt. The music of the film is also very good. Overall, a film that rewards you if you give it a chance.
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