48 Angels | Chicago Reader

48 Angels

This simple but effective chamber piece (2006) recalls Whistle Down the Wind with its story of a terminally ill Irish Catholic boy (Ciaran Flynn) who thinks he's found Jesus when he stumbles across a bearded, wounded fugitive (Shane Brolly) hiding out on a ruined estate. A runaway Protestant teen (John Travers) helps the boy nurse the outlaw back to health, but their patient, intent on settling old scores, turns out to be anything but godly. The quiet of the Northern Irish countryside is analogous to the fragile peace of the Good Friday Agreement, and director Marion Comer (Boxed) shows a fine touch for the escalating menace of those still mired in the past. 95 min.

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