Against the backdrop of the Irish Troubles, an IRA member forms a strange bond with a kidnapped British soldier in his custody. He faces a an impossible predicament when he finds himself falling in love with the soldier’s girlfriend.
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Jordan connects the political to the personal; creating a film about divides; about the struggle to co-exist. The relationships offer a commentary on the then-volatile link between Ireland & the UK, as well as the growing conflict within Ireland itself. There's something of Vertigo in this depiction of obsession; a character's inability to accept his sexuality finding a Freudian expression in the film's dramatic arc.
The whole thing weighs a little too much on its famous twist, and it's hard research the film or say two words about it without someone spoiling it for you. Nevertheless, it's patient, confidently-paced and well acted, and Anne Dudley's score is tough to get out of your head.
the first culturally significant irish film. the compositions are outstanding from jordan and stephen rea shows that he is the finest actor of his generation. the plot is fantastic, as it weaves and winds and THAT twist is unseen. the comments irish identity in a world of violence, isolation and separation is superb. the irish film industry and its characteristics can be traced back to this work.
I avoided this movie because of "the twist." But it's not really a twist at all. It comes halfway into the movie and a lot of the movie is really tender. Not saying this movie is a model of representation but it's better than that 10 second clip, the buzz around it, and the transphobic Mubi reviews by a couple of you fuckers.
It didn't resonate for me. I thought the twist was stupid and I didn't understand why he continued the relationship after being tricked. I understand that people fall in love with the person, not the gender, but it seemed like he really just wanted the sex. It seemed like it was critically acclaimed more for what it said, than what the movie actually was.
Decent 90s indie. The twist is ok but nothing to write home about. I did think Whittaker gave a nice early performance in his career, but ultimately the story didnt really hold my attention. Controversial in its day but seems rather tame now. Ill give it an extra half star for originality. 3.5 stars