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Tyrannosaur [DVD]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Respected actor Paddy Considine moves to the director's chair for the first time with this emotionally powerful drama. Joseph (Peter Mullan) is a short-tempered alcoholic with a violent streak and just enough sense to know his life has gone terribly wrong. After getting in a fight with three men during a drunken bender, Joseph stumbles into a thrift shop run by Hannah (Olivia Colman). Joseph tosses random insults at Hannah for her strong religious convictions and desire to help others, but as he gets to know her better, Joseph develops a grudging admiration for Hannah. His feelings grow stronger when he learns just how dysfunctional Hannah's home life is -- she's married to James (Eddie Marsan), who has been subjecting her to humiliating physical and emotional abuse for years. Eventually, Hannah works up the courage to leave James, and Joseph takes her in. TYRANNOSAUR was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Credits
    Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Ned Dennehy, Paul Popplewell
  • Critic Reviews
    4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a mighty debut with more than one stinging surprise in store."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "It's perhaps unsurprising that the strongest element of Considine's film should be his work with the actors. Mullan and Colman, particularly, deliver complex and moving performances..."

    "[I]t's Colman's brave, affecting and always in-the-moment performance that draws us in..."
    Sight and Sound

    "[A]s Joseph, Mullan is scorching -- a hard man giving into demons, struggling to push past them. It has rightly put his name in the awards race."
    Los Angeles Times

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Peter Mullan's performance here is muscular and unrelenting."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Considine directs with the confidence of a veteran, giving his actors room to work while letting an ominous, overcast mood hang over almost every scene." -- Grade A-
    A.V. Club

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