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Joseph (Peter Mullan) is an unemployed widower with a drinking problem, a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah (Olivia Colman) is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who seems wholesome and happy. When circumstance brings the pair together, Hannah appears as Joseph’s guardian angel, tempering his fury and offering him warmth, kindness and acceptance. As their relationship develops, Hannah’s own secrets are revealed — her husband (Eddie Marsan) is violent and abusive — and Joseph emerges as her unlikely savior. With striking performances and a deeply moving story, actor-turned-writer/director Paddy Considine's film is a stunning debut about the emergence of grace and redemption from the least likely of places.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 75
- Fresh: 62
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The characters are trapped, suffocated, pushed through a story that gives them very little room or time to figure themselves out, and that finally turns their feelings into the wan stuff of fable.
Fresh: It is the kind of film that leaves you limp, exhausted and feeling battered by the end. But its wrenching performances make the beating worth weathering.
Fresh: Propelled by male rage but softened by Considine's big-hearted understanding of his characters, this bruising slice of urban life rewards our patience.
Fresh: The movie is cruelly frank about the ways damage cascades down to the powerless, but while it's not for the fainthearted (or for animal lovers), rewards are there.
Not enough tyrannosaurs.
Raw & Beautiful
Been waiting a long time to see this film. Brutal at times, but the acting, writing and direction are superb. In the same breath as Mike Leigh.
more nude tyrannosaurs pleeze!