Gerry Boyle is an Irish small-town policeman with a slightly different approach to rules and responsibility. It is not uncommon for him to drink while working, spend time with prostitutes or even steal drugs from a crime scene. When he comes across a body that turns out to be connected to an international drug trafficking ring, naturally reinforcements are called in.

He gets partnered with straight-laced by-the-book FBI investigator Wendell Everett, who despite all his credentials, struggles to relate to the small-town people. Their partnership is tested to the limits, especially since racial sensitivity is not Gerry's strong suit.

Director John Michael McDonagh's first outing as a feature film director gives us a dark comedy perspective of the buddy cop genre and an unexpectedly complex portrait of its main protagonist. Brendan Gleeson portrays Sgt Boyle in an interesting way, skillfully avoiding slipping into parody.

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Title
The Guard
Director
John Michael McDonagh
Country
Ireland
Length
96 min
Festival
2011
Section
Open Zone
Language
English/ Gaelic
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan,
Producer
Chris Clark, Flora Fernandes-Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
Script
John Michael McDonagh
Music
Calexico

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