Directed by Paddy Considine

UK, 2010

Cornerhouse, 8 October 2011


Not cheery fare, but then again who wants that, really, in a film?

Paddy Considine’s debut as director delivers a violent and bleak vision of today’s Britain.  At its centre stands a desperate relationship between a widower who has a tendency to resolve situations with violence and a charity-shop worker suffering abuse – both physical and mental – at home.  Olivia Colman’s performance as Hannah, the charity-shop worker, becomes truly harrowing.  It is very, very uncomfortable to watch.  The truth she brings to the role dazzles.

An excellent film graced by some excellent acting.  But it cannot exactly be called a barrel of laughs.