Aidan Quinn is duly pensive and charismatic as a veteran of the Spanish civil war who’s hired to teach at one of Ireland’s notorious reform schools and finds it nearly as violent, thanks to its sadistic prefect (Iain Glen). Except for the outbursts of graphic violence and sexual molestation, this 2003 Irish feature is muted by Aisling Walsh’s bland direction; only Quinn’s bonding with the wayward boys, which leads to terrible consequences, accounts for the sense of tragedy and uplift. 93 min.