The Butcher Boy
- Original title
The Butcher Boy
- Running time
- 110 min.
Neil Jordan, Patrick McCabe (Novel: Patrick McCabe)
Warner Bros. / Geffen Pictures
Drama | Childhood. Disability
- Synopsis / Plot
- Francie (Eamonn Owens) and Joe (Alan Boyle) live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father (Stephen Rea) and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. When his mother eventually commits suicide and Joe goes off to boarding school, Francie sinks ever deeper into paranoia directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent (Fiona Shaw), a nasty neighbour, and fantasy where he has visions of the Virgin Mary (Sinead O'Connor) After his father dies Fancie's condition worsens, his behaviour becomes more bizarre and erratic culminating in the extremely bloody murder of Mrs. Nugent whom he holds responsible for all the wrongs visited upon him.
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Director, Honourable Mention (Owens)
: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Film & Cinematography
1998: Chicago Film Critics Association: 5 Nom., included Best Picture
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