|THE TIGER'S TAIL (director: John Boorman; cinematographer: Seamus Deasy; editor: Ron Davis; music: Stephen McKeon; cast: Brendan Gleeson (Liam O'Leary/double), Kim Cattrall (Jane), Sinéad Cusack (Oona), Ciarán Hinds (Father Andy), Sean McGinley (Declan Murray), Cathy Belton (Sally); Runtime: 107; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: John Boorman/John Buchanan/Kieran Corrigan; Irish Film Board; 2006-UK/Ireland)|
tale is too absurd to take seriously."
by Dennis Schwartz
Boorman ("The General"/"The Tailor of
Panama"/"The Emerald Forest") is writer-director of
this Irish fable that revisits Mark Twain's The Prince
and the Pauper and makes it tedious and forgettable as
a modern-day tale about stolen identity.
Dublin, where the successful cutthroat
businessman Liam O’Leary (Brendan Gleeson) sees a
homeless man panhandling on a busy street who
shockingly looks like his double. The double
impersonates Liam and has the cheek to take his place
of privilege. He even romances his trophy wife Jane (Kim
Cattrall). When questioned by the police,
the doppelgänger gets them to believe
that Liam is the double. It leads to Liam's arrest and
being sent to a mental institution.
fanciful tale is too absurd to take seriously. It only
manages to save face by Brendan Gleeson's likable
REVIEWED ON 1/2/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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