Originally produced in 1985 and briefly released in the US ten years later to capitalize on Liam Neeson's stardom, this sensitive and disturbing film proved worth the wait. The screenplay, adapted by Bernard MacLaverty from his novel, concerns a young clergyman who flees his teaching post
at a remote Catholic boarding school, taking with him an epileptic boy.
Ten-year-old Owen Kane (Hugh O'Conor) is brought to St. Kiaran's school on the coast of Ireland by his mother (Frances Tomelty), who appears to care little for her son and has physically abused him. Michael Lamb (Liam Neeson), himself troubled by questions of faith, takes Owen under his wing. Lamb