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Cillian Murphy gives a tour de force performance as Patrick "Kitten" Braden, a cross-dressing Irish teenager in early-70s London who's less concerned with the IRA activity going on all around him than with finding his long-lost mother, who abandoned him on a priest's doorstep. This is adapted from a 1998 novel by Pat McCabe, but its tale of a beautiful dreamer traipsing through a junkyard of ugly realities is a natural for Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), who sets it to a killer vintage-pop sound track. Kitten passes from one mentor to another--Liam Neeson as the fatherly priest, Stephen Rea as a sly magician, Brendan Gleeson as an angry fair worker who wears an animal costume--but by the end of the story the shrinking violet has become the toughest soul on the block, not to mention the best dressed. R, 129 min. Century 12 and CineArts 6, Landmark's Century Centre.

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