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Directed by Michael Winterbottom

UK, 2012

Cornerhouse, 17 February 2013


There is a father in prison and out of the picture, a mother in dire straits having to cope outside and alone, bringing up four kids on her own.

Our empathy shifts, resting at most times with the children, and quite correct too, because they are the ones most at risk.

I was impressed by the integrity of the film: the excellence of the performances by Shirley Henderson, John Simm and the Kirk children; the refusal on the part of Michael Winterbottom to make any crass dramatic moves.  It has something of the quality of a play for today; it is, or seems true and that’s enough.  A fine film.