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Anthony Borrows, Liam

Liam

C+

Had wee, working-class, Anglo-Catholic Liam Sullivan (Anthony Borrows) of Depression-era Liverpool ever met up with wee, dole-class Irish-Catholic Frankie McCourt of Depression-era Limerick, the child star of Liam and the child star of ”Angela’s Ashes” might have had a grand time comparing notes. And they might have been shocked to discover that for all his sodden misery, Frankie had it better; at least his old man didn’t become a blackshirted anti-Semite out of the bitterness of unemployment.

Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Jimmy McGovern create some moments of sweet, simple hominess in this amber morality tale. There’s a nice, rough affection between dad (Ian Hart) and mam (Claire Hackett). The storytellers are less effective, however, in a strained plot involving the wealthy Jewish family for whom Liam’s sister (Megan Burns) works as a maid. Is this fussy folderol the only way to teach that it’s wrong to hate? According to Frears, ’tis.

Liam
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  • Movie
mpaa
runtime
  • 90 minutes
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