An unlikely kind of friendship develops between Fergus, an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody, a kidnapped British soldier. When the hostage-taking ends up going horribly wrong, Fergus escapes to London, where he seeks out Jody's lover Dil. Unexpected events force Fergus to decide what he wants for the future, and ultimately what his nature dictates he must do.
“The world we grew up in wasn’t bad – it was fascinating – it was just blighted by these [...] medieval eruptions of insanity. Ireland was a bit like that then. It wasn’t quite politics, it wasn’t religion. You didn’t know what it was. But what it definitely was, was the intrusion of severe violence into the lives of innocent people”, told director Niel Jordan.
Oscar Awards – Best Screenplay, nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Editing; Amanda Awards (Norway) and Australian Film Institute Awards – Best Foreign Feature Film; Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards – Best Foreign Film;BAFTA – Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film, nominated for Best Actor, Best Actor and Actress in Supporting Role, Best Direction, Best Film, Best Screenplay; Directors Guild of America – nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures; Goya Awards – nominated for Best European Film.