Boy A

Boy A

About a young man who has grown up in detention after committing an appalling crime as a child. Setting out at 25 to begin rehabilitated life, he faces myriad challenges in relating to the world through an assumed identity. "Jack" craves the one thing his proud and solicitous case worker (Peter Mullan) warns him he can never have: total acceptance. As he falls in love with the brash Michelle, his desire for honesty becomes more and more unnerving. Meanwhile, images from the past flood the tabloids that bay daily for Boy A's life-long incarceration. [NZFF08]

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Jack, a child murderer, is released from prison upon his rehabilitation and struggles to find redemption and acceptance. In the lead role Andrew Garfield is extremely impressive, he could be the next big thing in British cinema. The story mixes compassion with a chilling sense of paranoia while asking some tough moral questions of the audience. Recommended for those who like their character studies to show some sympathy for the outsider, or are interested in the moral questions raised by New Zealand’s own recent wave of child-aged killers.

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