After someone randomly dropped the name of the movie in my lap, I decided to find a way to watch "Song for a Raggy Boy."
This movie is based on a true story. It revolves around a teacher who arrives at a boys reformatory school in 1930s Ireland, and despite his progress with the students thanks to his kind methods, butts heads with the staff and their establishment of untouchable abuse, sadism in the name of discipline, and privilege.
It also follows the tale of two boys sent there; an intelligent, promising "hard-case" boy who rightly stands up against the brothers when they cross the lines of morality and humanity, and a kind, though criminal, boy who finds himself the object of most of the vindictive punishments, and of a priest's depredations.
This is one of those decent movies with a lot of effort put into it that frankly vanished into nothingness, despite the excellent performances. The limelight gobbled up by useless comedies and crap superhero flicks. I had NEVER heard of this movie, and it's not that old. I strongly suggest you try to check it out; if all else fails, search on YouTube for it. Someone has it uploaded in its entirety - which I hope nobody complains about. I couldn't find this movie no matter what I did.
It's not easy to watch. The performances are excellent, especially by the young teen actors. That's not "good", considering much of the movie deals with child abuse. But at the same time, it's very heart-warming. The price to pay for doing good is always worth it.
Based on a true story, I recommend it here because what you see in these films is often analogous to what you'd see in the modern spiritual successor to "reformatory/industrial schools." Sometimes called "gulag schools."
Sometimes called "residential treatment facilities." Usually linked to the "Troubled Teen" industry.
Something I happen to have grave opinions about, and a novel of mine addresses.
If nothing else, this is a decent movie, and at least as worthy of your time as whatever piss Hollywood is going to pump out this X-mas season. Go check it out.
Just be careful. This movie barely pulls any punches whatsoever.
6 years, 6 months ago
20 Dec 2012 18:07 CET