High Boot Benny (1993)

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Atmospheric and grittily brutal story of a Belfast teenager caught up in Loyalist-IRA revenge in a remote village just across the political border between Northern and Southern Ireland. Benny is a 17-year-old delinquent, distrustful of all sides of the Irish conflict, who takes refuge in a remote village school just across the border in Southern Ireland. The school is run by the Matron, a Southern Protestant schoolmistress who's trying to create a neutral haven for children, and who has sexual leanings towards Benny; she's helped by Manley, an ex-Catholic priest who is also her lover and sympathiser. Events come to a climax when the school caretaker, a police informer, is found murdered. Benny is tarred and feathered by IRA men, and one night Loyalists and the British army cross over from Northern Ireland with Benny, the Matron and Manley in their sights. A bloody climax parallels Benny's decision on a political allegiance and seals his rite of passage...

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