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Video Review: 'The Boys of St. Vincent'

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The Boys of St. Vincent

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
186 minutes
performer:
Ashley Billard, Henry Czerny, Brian Dodd, Johnny Morina
director:
John N. Smith
author:
John N. Smith
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A

John N. Smith’s extraordinary three-hour film about the sexual abuse of boys in a Newfoundland orphanage run by Christian brothers, inspired by actual events, is more than welcome on video. The subject matter and its uncompromising treatment may be just too sensitive — too harrowing — to watch in a public space. Made for Canadian TV but released in theaters in the U.S., The Boys of St. Vincent is as intricately designed as a stained glass window. And as the malevolent yet tortured Brother Lavin, Czerny is so mesmerizing he may haunt the dreams of the little child within us all. A

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