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Nil by Mouth

Gary Oldman | 1997 | 128 MINS
A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working-class family sees his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel in Gary Oldman’s bleakly brilliant directorial debut.

In Detail

Ray Winstone stars as the volatile, self-pitying Raymond, Kathy Burke, who won the best actress award at Cannes, is his put-upon wife, Valerie. Their lives are measured out in drunken nights and savage beatings, detailed with unflinching realism by Oldman, but with little hope of redemption.

Men are trapped in a nauseating downward spiral and only women exhibit any humanity or love, as shown by their pathetic capacity for forgiveness. As awful yet compelling as a motorway pile-up, It will stun and numb in equal measure, proof unrequested that it can be grim down south. Approach with extreme caution.

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