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The story of Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph’s life spirals into turmoil, a chance at redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating consequences to both of their lives.

Genre : Drama
: UK

Cast :
Peter Mullan : Joseph
Eddie Marsan : James
Olivia Colman : Hannah

Director :
Paddy Considine

My opinion

Hannah: I feel safe with you.
Joseph: Nobody’s safe with me.

This was a damn good movie. One that holds you tight and won’t let go. One that shakes you up and once again points out that your everyday life isn’t so bad. A fairly heavy movie with partner violence as an emotional topic, intertwined with a religious layer. It’s not exactly a movie you should watch if you are in an emotional dip, because it’s actually a terrible dark depressing film.

The acting performance of Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman was overwhelming and impressive. Two tormented souls who find each other and ultimately find support in each other. Joseph a terribly aggressive loner who apparently already battered his wife and now lives in a daily haze of alcohol. It’s in such a drunk moment that the aggression and rage appears once and while in such a terrible way that he even kicks his faithful dog to death. Or he starts threatening a teenager in a pub. Eventually, he runs into a secondhand clothing store, where he meets Hannah. A deeply religious woman who is a victim of sexual violence and abuse by her husband. Despite that they are actually opposites, they try to cling to each other and support each other.

The strength of the movie is its realism. The image of rage and violence. I don’t think any of the images or segments used in this movie is exaggerated. It’s not an easy film to watch and it leaves a bitter aftertaste. But the film touched me deeply and was full of intense feelings.

The best part was the funeral of Joseph’s friend, where everyone in the pub is drinking a beer and someone sings a sensitive song on his guitar. A time when you briefly see the two main characters flourishing, and that they can enjoy the simple things in life.

My rating 8/10
Links : IMDB

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