The Irish novelist and filmmaker Neil Jordan (Michael Collins, In Dreams) returns to top form with this bittersweet, gender-bending drama about a transvestite trying to negotiate rural Ireland, swinging London, and the unresolved traumas of his childhood in the 1960s and '70s. But Patrick "Kitten" Braden, with his carefully applied mascara and his semi-fabulous wardrobe, is no mere victim. Ever the optimist, he faces down the tormentors and bigots who would destroy him with such wit and grace that we come to recognize them, not Patrick, as the grotesques of the piece. Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later) puts in an energetic, multifaceted performance here that would make a nice companion piece to Felicity Huffman's terrific turn as a pre-operative transsexual in Transamerica. Among Jordan's films, with their mix of explosive Irish politics and personal crises, this one actually bears less resemblance to his surprise gender-switch hit The Crying Game than to 1997's The Butcher Boy. Murphy commands our attention, but he's in company here with heavyweights -- Jordan regulars Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, and Brendan Gleeson.
Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Neil Jordan and Pat McCabe
Producer: Neil Jordan, Alan Moloney and Stephen Woolley
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, Gavin Friday, Laurence Kinlan, Ruth Negga, Bryan Ferry, Tony Devlin and Ruth McCabe