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Boy A
Boy A
Actors: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Shaun Evans, Siobhan Finneran, Alfie Owen
Director: John Crowley
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2008     1hr 46min

The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.

     

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Actors: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Shaun Evans, Siobhan Finneran, Alfie Owen
Director: John Crowley
Creators: Liza Marshall, Lynn Horsford, Nick Marston, Sue Calverley, Tally Garner, Jonathan Trigell, Mark O'Rowe
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Miriam Collection
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 21
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Living with the Sins of Childhood
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"BOY A is a film that moves the audience in ways few other films do. Part of this is the subject matter, part the solid drama of the novel by Jonathan Trigell on which Mark O'Rowe based his brilliantly understated screenplay, part the sensitive direction by John Crowley, and in large part is the cast of remarkably fine actors who make this impossibly treacherous story credible.

'Boy A' refers to Eric Wilson (Alfie Owen) who was jailed for a crime with his friend with whom he was associated as a youth. He has been released from prison and under the guidance of his 'parole officer/advisor' Terry (Peter Mullan), the now young adult is renamed Jack Burridge (Andrew Garfield) to protect him from the public who still remember the heinous crime of which he was convicted: Terry warns Jack to tell no one his real identity. Jack is assigned a new family and finds new friends in this strange world outside prison walls, but he is still haunted by the crime that changed his life. How Jack relates to his first female relationship and survives the bigotry of his classmates and city folk and finds a way to hold onto life despite his childhood 'sins' forms the development of this story.

While the entire cast is excellent, Andrew Garfield's performance as the guilt ridden needy Eric/Jack is exemplary. There are many issues this film deals with in addition to the trauma of starting life over after imprisonment, issues that are universal in nature and that probe our psyches for answers that are never easily resolved here. It is a brilliant little film from the UK. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, October 08"
Very watchable
kate | long beach | 10/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't worry, I won't give a play-by-play of the story. I will say that it is a thoroughly touching and interesting movie that showcases the life of a young man released from prison for a childhood crime. Watching him start over is pretty remarkable. His social awkwardness coupled with his failure to move on from his haunting past, make the lead character vulnerable and relatable. I can't stress enough how watchable and interesting the concept is and how well-acted the parts are. I hate to be cheesy, but the movie will make you think. It's got a lot of dark psychological themes and well-developed characters. Additionally, it's very fast-paced as well as multi-dimensional in that it covers several facets of human emotion and human life. I honestly think that everyone would be able to take something (not necessarily the same thing) from this movie."
A Masterpiece!
Robert Krepps | Houston TX | 10/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An incredible film. Never before have I seen and felt such emotional intimacy committed to film before this. Andrew Garfield has launched himself as an actor worthy of the BAFTA he won for this performance. I can't shake this one from my mind since seeing it in a theatre 3 weeks ago. My DVD arrived yesterday along with the book it is based upon. I need to keep it close."
SEE IT SIMPLY FOR THE ACTING IF NOTHING ELSE!
JustJohn | New York, NY United States | 10/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Andrew Garfield's performance is one of the best of recent memory; Just brilliant! Peter Mullan also gives a fine performance. The film is good but it is the acting that makes this a must see.

An original and moving film that, because of the cast, will stay with you for a long time after viewing."