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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shadow Dancer by James Marsh, 2012 (R)

with Clive Owen (Duplicity, Killer Elite), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Gillian Anderson (X-Files), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Domhnall Gleeson (True Grit, Harry Potter, Anna Karenina), Brid Brennan, David Wilmot, Stuart Graham, Martin McCann

Collette, a single mother and career IRA terrorist, is captured after an abortive bombing in London and faces an excruciating ultimatum. She can either turn against her lifelong compatriots or go to prison and be separated forever from her son. From the director of Man on Wire.

One of the most interesting movie in a long time, and 400th review in this blog. I had to make it important! This is a very Irish movie, blue collar, grey tones, very little smile, strong faces, rough weather. Of course it portrays one of the worse time Belfast has known, with no side taken, everyone pushing their own way, with all the collateral damages that burdens families, generations after generation. It is about spies, but the most ordinary ones, it is a human story, and about how dark humanity goes when there is a power interest. It is a cold movie in a way, and the two main protagonist are so powerfully human in it, Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough are absolutely perfect.

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  1. Good review. It's a slow-burner of a thriller, but it works to create a sense of unpredictability. As if anything could, and just possibly might, actually happen.