It was, to say the least, pretty heavy stuff. It was also far more sophisticated than anyone had a right to expect a movie to be, particularly one based on a fairy tale. Also, it was my first contact with the work of Neil Jordan.
By the time it finally made it to the United States, I was certain everyone would want to see it. So, on its opening weekend when we were staying at my place in Stamford, Connecticut, I dragged my wife-to-be down to the movie theatre. The guy who tore our tickets said, “I can’t imagine why anyone would want to see this movie!” Sure enough, we were part of a handful of people in the house. Fortunately, my wife-to-be shared my enthusiasm for the film, which may have something to do with why we are now happily married!