Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tears and Kaughter in Family Drama; the Boys Are Back (12A, 104 Mins) Drama. Clive Owen, Nicholas McAnulty, George MacKay, Laura Fraser, Emma Booth, Julia Blake, Natasha Little. Director: Scott Hicks. Contains Swearing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tears and Kaughter in Family Drama; the Boys Are Back (12A, 104 Mins) Drama. Clive Owen, Nicholas McAnulty, George MacKay, Laura Fraser, Emma Booth, Julia Blake, Natasha Little. Director: Scott Hicks. Contains Swearing

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A WIDOWER struggles to raise his young son in the aftermath of terminal illness, in Scott Hicks's moving drama, based on the emotionally devastating memoir of Simon Carr. By turns touching and funny, The Boys Are Back is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and a reminder that there is no instruction manual for good parenting.

The film unfolds predominantly in the lush sprawl of South Australia and cinematographer Greig Fraser captures this wilderness in all its splendour. Tellingly, when the plot necessitates a brief stopover in England, colour appears to leach from every previously vibrant frame.

Sports reporter Joe Warr (Owen) follows his beloved wife Katy (Fraser) to her home Down Under where the pair watch proudly as sixyear-old son Artie (McAnulty) spreads his wings, with help from grandma Barbara (Blake). Then their world implodes: Katy is struck down with a terminal illness and with no hope of a recovery, the couple prepares for the worst.

Unused to his new role as primary caregiver, he allows Artie the run of the house, removing all of the boundaries which helped the young boy to instinctively know the difference between good and bad behaviour. …

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