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It's the 1953/54 school year at St. Magnus Catholic School in Hamilton, Ontario. Fourteen year old Ralph Walker is in many ways a typical teenager. He is experimenting with smoking and is openly preoccupied with the opposite sex, which makes him the brunt of jokes amongst his male classmates and which constantly gets him into trouble with the school's strict headmaster, Father Fitzpatrick. As penance and to redirect his energies, Father Fitzpatrick orders Ralph to join the school's cross country running team under the tutelage of the school's avant-garde thinking teacher, Father Hibbert. Some of the more unusual circumstances of Ralph's life are that he lives by himself in the family home, telling the authorities that he is living with his paternal grandparents (who are in reality deceased), and telling his widowed hospitalized mother (Ralph's father was killed in the war) that he is staying with a friend. Ralph's focus in life changes after his mother falls into a coma. It will take ... Written by
One of the best movies I've seen all year. I tried to catch it in the
theatre but it was vapourized too quickly and having seen it I'm
completely baffled- surely Canada can afford to promote movies a little
better than this. Many such missed opportunities come to mind ("Marion
Bridge", "The Hanging Garden" et al). This is one of the best of its
genre, the extremely gritty dedicated athlete/musician/singer/painter
who takes on the world against all odds. But this is done with a twist.
It all takes place in the 1950s in very Catholic parochial school
Ralph (Adam Butcher) is a brazen but cute 14-year-old student fighting
the system but inwardly grieving his Dad, who died in the recent war
(WW2)and his extremely ill mother who lies in a coma in the hospital.
This is never sentimentalized, his exchanges with his mother before she
slips into her coma are beautifully written and believable.
How he cobbles together his faith and goes out to seek a miracle is the
crux of the story but there are many lovely sidebars, his
almost-girlfriend who wants to be a nun, his best friend who forges
notes for him, a fun loving nurse, played by the never disappointing
Jennifer Tilly, squeaky voice in place and some disbelieving factory
workers who mock his attempts at athleticism.
Ralph is a fully developed character, his sinful side clashing
consistently with his puritanical, self-punishing side, his innate
flirtatiousness offset by his being picked upon by the older boys in
his school. Adam nails the role to such a degree that one forgets he is
A younger priest (Campbell Scott plays this beautifully) with a secret
past agrees to help the young boy and Gordon Pinsent plays the part of
the older rigid priest with conviction even though he has some thin
dialogue to sink his teeth into the movie's only weakness.
The sexuality content is handled well and honestly with none of that
gruesome teenage guffawing that litters other movies of this ilk.
Because of this content it would not be suitable for children which is
a shame, but it is not gratuitous and is an intrinsic part of the
Catholic sin quotient of the era. 8 out of 10. A marvelous, thoughtful
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