- Paul Dale
- 21 September 2011
Paddy Considine's directorial debut features strong performances from Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman
Unemployed widower, drunk and all-round angry old man Joseph (Peter Mullan) stumbles into the council estate charity shop minded by good Samaritan volunteer Hannah (Olivia Colman), and friendship follows initial hostility. Despite her unshakable faith, Hannah has the darkest secrets and it may actually be that Joseph will be her saviour.
Paddy Considine’s writing and directing feature debut is a grim, bleak but ultimately moving affair. It has its roots in British social realist literary, theatre, TV and film traditions that led the way from Alan Sillitoe through Alan Clarke up to and including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach’s work for cinema.
One time photographer Considine is a brave and humane filmmaker who pays as much attention to the film’s carefully framed and constructed look as he does to the interplay between the the three main characters (including a deeply dislikeable Eddie Marsan as Hannah’s husband). The choices Considine makes in terms of characterisation, tone and narrative sweep do highlight his inexperience but this is a film which stands and falls on the performances, and Considine has champions in his corner.
Selected release from Fri 7 Oct.