DVD Liam (DVD 29912),
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  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Originally produced for the B.B.C., director Stephen Frears masterfully crafts this poignant portrait of one family's attempt to stay afloat in impoverished 1930s England. The political, religious, and economic strife of pre-Word War II Liverpool is seen through the eyes of Liam (Anthony Burrows), a seven-year-old living with Dad (Ian Hart) and Mam (Claire Hackett), and preparing himself for his First Communion. Dad is a deeply proud working class Catholic who labors tirelessly to feed his family, until he loses his job at the local shipyard. Desperate for money, Liam's teenage sister Teresa (Megan Burns) is forced to take a job as a maid for the upper class Jewish owners of the shipyard while Mam relies on her religious beliefs for strength and comfort. As Liam questions his own religious identity and struggles with the concepts of sin and salvation, he watches his father slip into a stagnant and hateful rage fueled by his family's poverty and loss of self-respect. This rage leads Dad to join a group of Fascists who blindly blame the local Jews for their own starvation, poverty, and powerlessness, as the threat of war looms on the horizon. Liam, portrayed with remarkable grace and ability by young Burrows, is a stuttering, charming, and naive antihero who embodies the profound innocence of children as they fight to comprehend the sometimes unfathomable actions of the adult world. This quiet ensemble piece highlights the actors, who deftly work together in a tale of simple realism which finds beauty in the daily routines and rituals of a family struggling to survive a daunting change.
    • Rating - some nudity and language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ST7941D

  • Credits
    Ian Hart, Anne Reid, Claire Hackett, Anthony Burrows
  • Critic Reviews
    "...It's enriched with welcome touches of humor and a vivid evocation of a troubled time..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...In their quiet scenes together, Mr. Hart and Ms. Hackett find both warmth and reserve..."
    New York Times

    "...Its warning of how religious intolerance can fester into hatred is one to be heeded more than ever....LIAM is ripe in humanity -- and even comedy..."
    USA Today

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