The Tiger’s Tail

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Director: JOHN BOORMAN

John Boorman’s savage indictment of “Celtic Tiger” features Brendan Gleeson (2006’s Excellence Award honoree) in the dual role of a wealthy Dublin businessman and his sinister down-and-out doppelganger who steals his identity.

Gleeson is terrific in both roles, proving once again that he’s one of Ireland’s finest actors. The director of such classics as Point Blank (1968), Deliverance (1972) and Hope and Glory (1987), tackles his first Irish subject since 1998’s acclaimed The General (which also starred Gleeson) and the result is a clever, twisted, surprisingly fun tale of corruption, greed and the social costs of Ireland’s so-called economic miracle. (English-born Boorman has lived in Ireland for the last 40 years.) — Boston Irish Film Fest

IRELAND • 2006 • 103 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: JOHN BOORMAN

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