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The Butcher Boy
Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. When Francie's world turns to madness, he tries to counter it with further insanity, with dire consequences.
Kids shouting 'fuck off!' to fish in a river is the best thing ever.
Neil Jordan's finest film, I believe. At once a pitch black comedy, and genuine tragedy, 'The Butcher Boy', is the best film about a sociopath told in the first person. Our protagonist, although a monster, is undeniably sympathetic, which is a feet that many master filmmakers have attempted, Kubrick and Scorcese included, and from my point of view fallen short. I'm sorry but Francis Brady is a far more interesting than Travis Bickle or 'Alex', or fucking Jordan Belfort, and not to mention immensely more human in his portrayal. I saw this the same year as Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Celebration', and my perception of storytelling via the movies was forever turned on it's head. Deeply disturbing, deeply funny, and deeply honest about mental illness in a way that few films ever come within a country mile of. Probably my favorite film.
Nothing Compares 2 The Butcher Boy
This movie tries so hard to be Peter Jackson's masterpiece, Heavenly Creatures, except it tries doing so without the psychological complexity, the innovative visual effects, or the powerful performances.
Two crucial aspects lacking from The Butcher Boy, that Heavenly Creatures nailed, are a motive and believability. It's impossible to empathize with Francie, as his descent into madness is unconvincing and unclear, rendering me unable to feel any sense of shock when he commits his vicious murder acts.
From the very beginning of the film, Eamonn Owens plays Francie with ear splitting volumes, shouting seemingly all of his lines at the top of his lungs in every situation under every setting, trampling over every emotional nuance the script might've contained, and evaporating any line between the character's state of sanity and state of madness. The end effect is simply nausea.
not so sure how to say this - i should have loved it - childhood psychological trauma, drunk irish dad, a dead mother, (war-time era?) vintage-aesthetic nostalgia, neurotic thin woman -yet there was something about it that didn't quite gel with me. perhaps it was supposed to leave the viewer feeling a bit unhinged, distanced, haunted in a 'don't know how i feel about that' sort of a way. it didnt make me as sad as id hoped (weird huh?) or as angry as i'd've liked to be - the kiddie is crazy thats for sure but it seems like its not really anyones fault in terms of the characters we experience. again, perhaps that was the point, without anyone…
Eamonn Owens puts in a great performance as the boy disturbed by the death of his depressive Ma (Aisling O'Sullivan) and the violent moods of his alcoholic Da (Stephen Rea, very good), and the voices in his head - and although this sounds like a whole heap of fun for a movie plot, 'The Butcher Boy' manages to present this dysfunctional story in a way which makes it blackly comic.
Featuring a frightening Fiona Shaw as Mrs Nugent (whose fate gets Owens sent to a mental institution), Sinéad O'Connor (surprisingly effective) as a foul-mouthed version of the Blessed Mother Mary, Milo O'Shea as a perverted priest, and a supporting cast who populate this film with characters, this film remains a memorable, if tricky, piece of cinema.
Adam and Paul, In Bruges, Frank... the Irish have a talent for mixing comedy with tragedy and The Butcher Boy may be our finest example of this.
Jordan does the near-impossible; mixing bleak despair with the blackest of humour. Eamonn Owens steals the show as The Amazing Francie Brady; an Irish Dennis the Menace whose mischievous antics play havoc with the grim reality of parochial life in a 1960's Ireland.
It's startling, tragic and darkly funny. Well recommended.
A Clockwork Orange but less disgusting, and more thematically nuanced -- also drenched in 90's cinema. Telling fish in the river to fuck off is way cooler than the 5x speed threesome in ACO, the music is used more tastefully rather than just feeling forceful, the takes on both church and state punishment are handled with grace, even if it's quite the take-down. The cold-war paranoia combined with the confusion of adolescence makes for quite a nice concoction here.
Nothing Compares 2 The Butcher Boy
What I just saw can’t be described in any way or words to say in what sort of thoughts of this movie. Just basically how one can go mad and how insane it can drive them from their youth.
Neil Jordan’s The Butcher Boy tells the tale on the life of a tragedy growing up. From the fantasy of a young boy and how much it worsens the deeper we travel into the film and everything that is attempted to escape from it all. Things become very brutal in the end and it will all result to be condemned to a mental institution. In some ways it is kind of like A Clockwork Orange only that was in the future…
Curiosa película sobre un niño con mucho carácter, inteligente, abstraído y carismático, que se ve perjudicado por una situación familiar desastrosa.
Es interesante como la película no se aleja de la ingenua visión del protagonista y su forma de afrontar los conflictos, sin ser consciente del todo de su situación y sus actos, dejándose llevar por su imaginación.
Eamonn Owens como Francie Brady es brutal, una actuación sorprendente, y más tratándose de un niño que en las películas suelen tirar hacia lo irritante.
Lo que me ha fallado es que la veo desordenada, que no termina de encaminarse hacia lo interesante del argumento y toma muchos caminos sin decantarse por uno, eso confunde y distancia.
Como curiosidad: el conserje del internado está doblado por Luis Marín, que también presta su voz a Willie, el conserje de "Los Simpson". Y eso.
The Butcher Boy is such a strange movie, but it's one that works. I've never seen a movie reveal its true nature particularly in the way this film does. It opens as a borderline sentimental look at a certain period in Irish history (early 60s) with a Huck Finn-ish protagonist, but as the film goes on, the film slowly reveals that Francie, our redheaded Huck, may have flights of fancy, but they are not normal for a child. In many ways, they are disturbed. This film is fractured, perfectly putting Francie's state of mind as the film goes on onto the screen.
But it's still strange.
This is a movie that needs to be seen, in how it devours pop culture and history and churns out this boy's state of mind. This film works as a character study and an allegory, and everything in between.
Curioso film, da apprezzare soprattutto per la voglia e l'entusiasmo che il regista dimostra ad ogni inquadratura e snodo narrativo: diversi inserti grotteschi, comici, fantastici e mistici si vanno ad intersecare in questo bizzarro e amaro percorso formativo di un giovane e grintoso irlandese, sospeso tra disagi familiari, amicizie tradite, incubi rossi e pressanti istituzioni bigotte e ipocrite. Si resta a volte spiazzati dallo stile utilizzato e dalle stranianti musiche, ma indubbiamente resta un'operazione affascinante. Bravo il giovane protagonista.
(8/8 is "Great")
The brightest seriously dark film I've seen since Memories of Matsuko, but unlike the latter The Butcher Boy manages to be solidly tragic, humorous and enjoyable throughout.
Ah, the wistful days when psychotic young men were just little scamps in need of direction and their fathers were alcoholic and abusive. Don't you miss it?
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