Cultures collide, comedically

May 16, 2017
Don Cheadle, left, and Brendan Gleeson star in “The Guard,” a cross-cultural buddy cop flick.

Belfast — Friday Night Flix at the Belfast Free Library screens free movies, gathered from the collection in the Maine library's system, most Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

May's movies, selected by Karen Gleeson and Paul Sheridan, have been recent Irish films. There is no screening May 19; the month ends May 26 with “The Guard” (2011, Ireland), a deliberate change of mood. Two cultures meet in a beautifully acted dark comedy. Brendan Gleeson is an Irish cop in the Garda Siochána, the Irish police force; and Don Cheadle is a no-nonsense American FBI agent sent to Ireland to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring. Despite strongly differing personal and policing styles, they succeed in bringing the criminals to justice. The film is in English and Gaelic, subtitled for understanding, and it is rated R for various reasons. “The Guard” runs 96 minutes.

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