Song for A Raggy Boy

Song for A Raggy Boy

DVD - 2006
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Based on a true story, this is the story of one man's courage to stand up and fight against the tough fascist regime in a boys Irish Reformatory School in 1939.
Publisher: Montréal, Que. : TVA Films, p2006.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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xaipe Jan 24, 2013

One of my favorite movies. "Song for a Raggy Boy" is a film set in 1939 about a Christian Brothers reformatory school in Ireland. Aiden Quinn plays a teacher back from the Spanish Civil War with his own demons to deal with. The school is really a holding pen for poor, illiterate young boys who have been given up for hopeless and have no hopes themselves. The physical and emotional abuse heaped on the boys is hard to watch, and their stoic acceptance even harder. Quinn brings a sense of hope and kindness to the school and the boys against all odds. I was reminded of the wonderful movie "The Magdalene Sisters" which also portrayed a Catholic school which was a moral charnel house for young girls. Both films are hard to watch and not for children, but are deeply affecting and very well-acted.

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