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An Everlasting Piece

An Everlasting Piece

Barry Levinson goes for lighter entertainment in the whimsical, but receding An Everlasting Piece. The double entendre meaning to the movie does have diversionary aspects into politics and religion in a volatile Belfast, Ireland in the early 1980's.  Perhaps this oddly genteel tale of an unlikely duo of hairpiece salesmen may have some appeal to those who enjoyed the endearing Walking Ned Devine as Levinson and star Barry McEvoy have some biting wit and irony from the ominous, wintry, damp Irish city.

Without stars and produced from a US studio across the Atlantic, An Everlasting Piece will probably suffer a similar commercial fate to Levinson's praised Liberty Heights which had foresight to look deep into the complexities of race, religion, and politics in the 1950's centering on a Jewish boy's relationship with a black schoolmate.  Now there are Catholics and Protestants, represented by McEvoy's Colm and Brian F. O'Byrne's George, as a mutual love of poetry takes them through religious hurdles.

There are plenty of hair-topping quips that cut down the effect of An Everlasting Piece.  One occurs as the salesmen get lost at night in the countryside and have a dark encounter with hooded IRA members.

Yet McEvoy with his capable Broadway background is at ease with Colm's blithe temerity and pairs favorable with the less overt, more internal embodiment of O'Byrne's George while Anna Friel piquantly projects spunk and ambition as Colm's girlfriend.

The mix of deadpan humor and jabs over wigs made of Catholic hair, and the imbroglio involving Colm's misfit family home nearly abutting the Protestant dwellers, reveal the director's talent in permeating the aura of the 80's.  But, in its bristling fun in the difficult climate of Northern Ireland, An Everlasting Piece more often than not scalps its attempts at insightful humor and bittersweet drama.

An Everlasting Piece

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