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From "Dangerous Liaisons" to "High Fidelity," the films of director Stephen Frears have traveled time lines and crossed borders, but his latest sticks closer to home.

"Liam" is about a boy living in a Catholic section of Liverpool in the 1930s, a time of desperate poverty and unemployment. His frustrated father becomes involved in the violent local Fascist movement, while his sister begins work in a wealthy Jewish home.

Frears was born in England in 1941 and chose the script because it reminded him "terribly of my own childhood," he told the Daily News in a story published in Sunday's editions.

"I don't mean that my childhood was traumatic, but it was oppressive. People led lives without great opportunities," he said.

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