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A handful of lost souls turn to alcohol and drugs to cope with their emotional agony in this powerful British drama. Frank (Eddie Marsan) is a middle-aged man whose years in the military have left him with a war raging inside his mind. Frank drinks heavily to blot out his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and one day he sees a homeless teenage girl, Lynette (Candese Reid), being accosted outside the liquor store he frequents. Troubled by her circumstances, Frank buys Lynette some food and later
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The moral of this structurally addled urban drama could be summed up more simply: It's generally not a good idea to let homeless addicts move into your apartment.
There's a point at which good performances stop being enough to excuse dreary storytelling, shoddy execution and a general lack of ideas, and ... Junkhearts reaches it fairly early on.
Aptly named as the characters purge their tickers in their quest for redemption. Expect another bleak tale of inner-city hardship and self pity ...
This is a tough film, and it isn't perfect: it works best when Marsan is on the screen, and we are inside his agonised day-to-day reality.
It's an impressive two-hander about sensitive souls facing stark realities - the lovers who life forces to become fighters.
Junkhearts does boast a memorably vulnerable performance by Marsans who commits fully to Krishnan's direction.
It is a striking audiovisual style which rescues this production from many of the more hackneyed tropes of British social realism and urban grit.
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