The Boys of St. Vincent Movie Review 1993

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Outstanding, and heartbreaking, story of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy that was inspired by actual events. Divided into two segments, the drama begins in 1975 with 10-year-old Kevin Reevey (Morina) living at the St. Vincent orphanage in an eastern Canadian town. The orphanage is run by charismatic and terrifying Brother Lavin (Czerny), who it turns out has a special fondness for "his boy" Kevin. Nor is Brother Lavin alone--a fact eventually revealed by a police investigation, although the matter is hushed up by both the church and the government. Until 15 years later. In 1990, the case is reopened and Lavin, having married and fathered two sons, is returned to face charges. Now the young men must open wounds that have never truly healed and confront their tormentors in a court of law, amidst a blaze of publicity. Czerny gives a truly inspired performance as the self-loathing monster. The emotional agony is excruciating to watch and be forwarned that the depiction of the sexual abuse is unflinching. Made for Canadian TV; on two cassettes.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 186 minutes.
Originally from Canadian.

Cast and Crew

Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, True Stories, Nuns & Priests, Canada, 4 Bones
Sam Grana, John N. Smith, Des Walsh
Henry Czerny, Johnny Morina, Sebastian Spence, Brian Dodd, David Hewlett, Jonathan Lewis, Jeremy Keefe, Phillip Dinn, Brian Dooley, Greg Thomey, Michael Wade, Lise Roy, Timothy Webber, Kristine Demers, Ashley Billard, Sam Grana
Pierre Letarte
John N. Smith
Neil Smolar
Sam Grana, Claudio Luca, Colin Neale, National Film Board of Canada, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), Telefilm Canada, Les Productions Tele-Action

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