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12th November
written by Adam

Northern Ireland in the late 1960’s sets the scene for Buddy (Jude Hill), a young boy growing up in a protestant home situated on a very catholic street. Challenged from all directions Buddy must find north on his internal compass in order to survive. Fortunately, his family is full of good wisdom. With luck, the teachings from his Ma, Pa, Granny and Pop (Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds) might be enough to coach him to success. Written and Directed by Kenneth Branagh, this fictionalized yet autobiographical sliver of time is an endearing and loving tribute to Northern Ireland. Recounting the magic of youth and what it is to be part of a tight knit community. Shot almost entirely in black and white Branagh accurately aims to capture the textures and feels one might experience whilst paging through Time magazine or an old family photo album, smattering the good with the bad, the laughter and the tragedy with just the right touch of whimsy. Brilliantly cast and performed this hour and 38 minute time capsule is worth the watch. Belfast is rated PG-13.

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