Aroview: A violent alcoholic is drawn to a saintly thrift shop worker in this harrowing but redemptive kitchen sink drama from actor-turned-director Paddy Considine.
Combustible and unflinching, this recalls both Tim Roth and Gary Oldman's angry-young-actors foray into directing a decade earlier with THE WAR ZONE and NIL BY MOUTH respectively. Like those, it depicts its moral world with a blunt instrument, though is always effective as a fearless actor's showcase, central to which is Olivia Colman's heart-breaking performance.
5 stars (Exceptional) Outstanding, memorable movie in the style of Ken Loach. Gripping performances by Olivia Coleman & Peter Mullan. Gritty and grim but real ... and subject matter that we should not avoid.~Rhonwen