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Borstal Boy (2000)

 

Director: Peter Sheridan
Writers: Brendan Behan (book), Nye Heron, Peter Sheridan
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
Language: English,  Irish
Duration: 93 min
Year: 2000

 

Stars: Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy,Ian McElhinney, Patricia Leventon, Danny Dyer,Dennis Conway

 

 

Priča inspirisana novelom Brendana Behana “Borstal Boy”. Tokom drugog svjetskog rata, šesnatestogodišnji Brandon, zaneseni Irski fanatik, bude uhapšen zbog pokušaja podmetanja bombe. Kao maloljetnik bude upućen u Borstal, popravni dom na istoku Engleske, gdje bude primoran da se suoči sa samim sobom i da nauči da živi sa onima koje mrzi. Tu upoznaje Charlie Milwala, mladog prilično open gay engleza sa kojim se sprijateljuje i stvara jedan humani emocionalni odnos kakav nije imao u svom životu.
Otkrivši sebe u jednoj sceni Brandon kaže: Naučili su me da mrzim Engleze. Došao sam ovdije da naučim šta je ljubav… I to mogu sada na oba načina, baš kao Oscar Wilde!

Film nam priča pomalo poetičnu priču o tome kako mržnja može biti pobijeđena ljubavlju.
Brandon je po povratku u Irsku napisao ovu novelu po kojoj je napravljen ovaj film. Umro je 1964. od diabetesa izazvanog alkoholom u svojoj 41. godini.

Mene je podsjetila na jednu radnu akciju 1981. godine. Na užarenom suncu smo kopali neke kanale u Makedoniji. Za mene je to bila božja kazna, mrzio sam kramp i lopatu više nego homofobe. Tokom kopanja i zabušavanja stalno me je zadirkivao jedan Slovenac koji je kopao ko neka mašina. Crnogorac pa kopa, možeš misliti velikoga čuda.

Kada je došao na mene red da budem dežuran u kampu bio sam sretan jer nisam morao da idem na trasu da kopam. Međutim da nebi bilo sve kako ja želim potrefilo se da je taj dan glavni u naselju bio slovenac koji me zajebavao na trasi.
Kada je pala noć otišao sam na kraj naselja kod nekog kupatila da stražarim. Slovenac se očito lijepo pobrinuo da dobijem to uvaženo mjesto.

Smjestio sam se u prostoriji pored tuševa i taman malo pridrijemao kada evo Slovenca. Pita spava li mi se i sjedne pored mene. Kaže: praviću ti društvo.
Iako mi se nije dopala ideja da sa njim provodim vrijeme nisam imao mnogo izbora. Pričali smo do jutra, a prije rastanka me je poljubio i rekao: Budi to što jesi, takav si najbolji.

A drama “inspired” by Irish writer Brendan Behan’s autobiographical book of the same name, “Borstal Boy” mixes a rites-of-passage story with political and sexual elements to solid but finally uninvolving results. This feature debut by theater director Peter Sheridan (brother of helmer Jim Sheridan) will likely get its longest parole on the small screen, where its unadorned shooting style and unremarkable dramatics will play best.

During the early days of WWII, 16-year-old Brendan (Shawn Hatosy), a staunch Irish republican, is arrested in Liverpool after disembarking with some sticks of dynamite strapped to his legs. His bombing mission thus thwarted, he’s sent to a reform school for youngsters (“borstal”) in the flatlands of East Anglia, in the backside of England.

Fanatically anti-British, Brendan finds himself living side by side not only with the perceived enemy but also with an assortment of juvenile delinquents, including a Polish Jew who tried to escape to Palestine; a Cockney sailor, Charlie Milwall (Danny Dyer), who dreams of fleeing to Singapore; and a Scottish lad, Jock (Robin Laing).
Life in borstal slowly forces Brendan to learn to live with others, and at least mitigate his blind hatred of the Brits, without losing his principles.

The revelation of one of the boys’ closeted homosexuality is sympathetically dealt with, though Brendan’s incipient romance with the daughter, Liz (Eva Birthistle), of the institution’s tough but fair governor (Michael York) is just too schematic.
Part of the film’s problem is that it tries to overload the story with meaning at the expense of character. Dialogue is often over-explanatory, as in Brendan’s exchange with Liz: “I was brought up to hate the English. I had to come here to learn about love … I had it both ways, just like Oscar Wilde!” Quite.
Still, Hatosy is good in the lead, starting out as an unsmiling teenage fanatic and slowly morphing into a more rounded young man. A scene with York in which he finally agrees to postpone the republican fight until the end of the war is much more powerful emotionally than any of those among the borstal boys.
Other players are well cast, with the exception of York, who overdoes his period-Brit accent. Irish locations are not always convincing as East Anglia, though Ciaran Tanham’s lensing does capture its bleak, wintry light. Production values and period detail are OK on a budget, and Stephen McKeon’s score is a help in bringing some warmth to the drama.

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Borstal Boy (2000)
  • Runtime:93 minutes
  • Actors:
    Brendan Behan
    Shawn Hatosy
    Manning
    Eamon Glancy
    Verreker
    Ian McElhinney
    Landlady
    Patricia Leventon
    Charlie Milwall
    Danny Dyer
    Holmes
    Dennis Conway
    Whitbread
    John O’Toole
    Alex
    Luke Hayden
    Dale
    Lee Ingleby
    Judge Goddard
    Brian de Salvo
  • Plot:

    Brendan Behan, a sixteen year-old republican, is going on a bombing mission from Ireland to Liverpool during the second world war. His mission is thwarted when he is apprehended, charged and imprisoned in Borstal, a reform institution for young offenders in East Anglia, England. At Borstal, Brendan is forced to live face-to-face with those he perceived as “the enemy,” a confrontation that reveals a deep inner conflict in the young Brendan and forces a self-examination that is both traumatic and revealing. Events take an unexpected turn and Brendan is thrown into a complete spin. In the emotional vortex, he finally faces up to the truth.

    Written by
    Strand Releasing <www.strandreleasing.com>

  • Also known as: Um Jovem Irlandês (Brazil (festival title)),
  • Rating: (1,671 votes)

 

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