The debut feature, written/directed by actor Paddy Considine (Dead Man’s Shoes, In America), who previously wrote and directed the short film “Dog Altogether” which winning the Best Short Film BAFTA and BIFA awards as well as the Silver Lion award at Venice in 2007.
The film has won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award and Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January. It follows the story of two lonely, damaged people brought together by circumstance. Joseph (Peter Mullan, WAR HORSE, NEDS) is an unemployed widower, drinker, and a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah (Olivia Colman, HOT FUZZ, PEEP SHOW) is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who appears wholesome and happy. When the pair are brought together, Hannah appears as Joseph’s potential saviour, someone who can temper his fury and offer him warmth, kindness and acceptance. As their story develops Hannah’s own secrets are revealed — her relationship with husband James (Eddie Marsan, HAPPY GO LUCKY, SHERLOCK HOLMES) is violent and abusive — and as events spiral out of control, Joseph becomes her source of succour and comfort.
- via Guardian