Directed by: Neil Jordan
Starring: Eamonn Owens (Francie Brady), Alan Boyle (Joe), Stephen Rea (Father/Older Francie), Fiona Shaw (Mrs. Nugent), Andrew Fullerton (Phillip), Sinead O’Connor (Virgin Mary), Aisling O’Sullivan (Mother), Brendan Gleeson (Father Bubbles)
Country: Ireland; Effed Up British-Irish Cinema
Language: English (English Subs)
Genres: Misery-Depressing-Mental Illness, Childhood
Plot – Spoilers:
In a small ’60s Irish town, 12-year-old Francie’s father is a could-have-been musician, now a drunk, and mother is mentally unwell, often contemplating suicide. But Francie’s got his best mate Joe. And with time on their side, childhood seems an endless excursion in stealing apples and fanciful games.
Then mother kills herself, the world of lies that have been built for Francie collapses, and a hostile neighborhood lady and her geeky son become Francie’s singular obsession that sends him down a spiral while he outwardly presents an eerie cheerfulness.