Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Borstal Boy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
Limited Release Date
03/01/02
performer
Shawn Hatosy, Michael York, Danny Dyer, Mark Huberman
director
Peter Sheridan
distributor
Strand Releasing
author
Nye Heron
genre
Drama

We gave it an C+

An unmoored period piece in which political passions, sexual desire, boy-on-boy violence, and World War II are all presented with the same measured delicacy, as if shot through a pint of Guinness. In this soft-focused rendering of Irish author Brendan Behan’s autobiographical tale, Shawn Hatosy plays young Behan in an English reform school, torn between his sexual feelings for an openly gay friend (Danny Dyer), and his interest in the warden’s tediously progressive artist daughter (Eva Birthistle).

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