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FREARS' CHILDHOOD ECHOED IN 'LIAM'

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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