It doesn't pack the emotional punch of IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER or MY LEFT FOOT, but Irish director Jim Sheridan's third collaboration with actor Daniel Day-Lewis offers an intriguing portrait of a man trapped by his own past. After serving 14 years in prison for IRA-related activities, 32-year-old boxer Danny Flynn (Day-Lewis) returns to his battle-scarred home of Belfast and the girl he left behind (Emily Watson). Danny went away a hero, but he returns labeled a deserter on account of his staunch refusal in prison to further associate with his fellow IRA "POWs." He
now wants nothing more than to pick up the pieces of his shattered career, salvaging whatever life ...