The Butcher Boy is perhaps Neil Jordan's masterpiece. That's saying a lot given his body of work. It tells the story of a trouble boy who, through a series of traumatic events, spirals into a violent state of schizophrenia. His father is a drunk, his mother is a suicidal wreck and the town's people liken him to pigs. When things go from bad to worse and he is bounced between institutes he rapidly disintegrates into an uncontrollable time-bomb and finds solace inside his own mind, creating illusions and fantasies for himself. Its a really powerful film and the kid who plays the main character is fantastic. Apparently he was a regular kid scouted out of a local school... talk about a find. Its not Jordan's most accessible movie but I think it's easily his best.