l962.The Cuban Missile Crisis casts a shadow over the world. "It'll be a bitter day for this town if the world comes to an end." A woman in Francie Brady's Irish hometown laments. But if planet Earth explodes into a hundred-million, billion, trillion pieces, Francie won't be suprised one single bit It's just like grownups to do something like that.
The blackest of black comedies - powerful and disturbing
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This is the blackest of black comedies and deals with issues of mental illness, alcoholism, suicide, religion, child sexual abuse and murder - oh yes, and the Cuban missile crisis too. I just might have missed a few there.
It does this in an acceptable way by narrating the story of growing up in a small Irish town where innocent mischief, childhood friendships, and boyish fantasies come to dominate the thoughts of young Francie Brady as he grows up in a family where his mother is suicidal and has a mental breakdown (cue humour about going to 'the garage'), his father is a violent drunk, and his boyhood 'enemy' is perceived to be Mrs Nugent. And it becomes apparent that Francie is beginning to suffer from paranoid psychosis...
The film culminates in the bloody death of Mrs Nugent - but while the film tells a dark tale it does so in a way that makes this appear a natural consequence, rather than in a 'shock horror' manner.
An excellent film, powerful and disturbing. 4/5 stars.