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Aro Recommended Butcher Boy, The

 

Ireland 1998, 110 minutes
Dir. Neil Jordan
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama, Comedy / Youth

Topics: Period 1960s.

 

Aroview: Despairing yet distinctive black comedy depicts the insanity implicit in a boy's view of his small town in Ireland, circa 1962. Adopts a lurid comic-strip tone to burrow deep into the imagination and emotions of its wild, alienated young Irish hero, astonishingly performed by 13-year-old Eammon Owens, and is runneth over with imaginative dialogue courtesy of novelist/co-scripter, Patrick McCabe. Score and production design complete the vividly unsettling picture.

NZ International Film Festival 1998

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