Treacle Jr. (2010)
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A man finds himself caught in the middle of a love affair gone sour in this drama from British filmmaker Jamie Thraves. One morning, for no clear reason, Tom (Tom Fisher) leaves his home in Birmingham, abandoning his wife and kids to make his way to London where he lives on the streets. After a run-in with a gang of teenage thugs, Tom ends up in a hospital emergency room, where he meets Aidan (Aiden Gillen), an eccentric man who seems determined to befriend Tom whether he likes it or not. Aidan
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This is low budget and it shows, but it's clear Thraves has still got something to say.
A charming, low-key Britflick, Treacle Jr boasts a great performance from Gillen, but Thraves' labour of love feels as directionless as its characters.
The film has its moments and Aidan Gillen is impressive as the Hibernian hanger-on from hell, but it's a slight affair.
Treacle Jr is a little British gem that blossoms into an endearing salute to friendship and the power of positive thinking.
Treacle Jr won't win Oscars or swell the bank balances of cast and crew. In other words, it ain't The King's Speech. But I'd choose it over Tom Hooper's film any day, because it shows a London I recognise.
Its portrait of an unconventional, curiously needy friendship developing in an inhuman environment does hold the attention.
Gillen gives a, loose-limbed comic performance, often funny, sometimes very sad.
Gillen steals the film, all whirly armed brio and Sylvester the Cat lisp. But it doesn't take much stealing.
A thoughtful tale of mid-life crisis and the comfort of strangers, it's gruff, funny and stealthily poignant, with a handmade sincerity you'd struggle to fake.
Entertaining but a touch slight, one thing that's in no doubt is that Treacle Jnr's heart is in the right place; it is, after all, a film named after a kitten.
This is a nicely ragged and offbeat mismatched-buddy movie that, though it becomes a little predictable by the end, makes an unexpected hero of a profoundly irritating character.
Thraves keeps us engaged with the central relationship even when his filmmaking gets a bit pushy.
Engaging British drama that's both darkly funny and ultimately moving, thanks to impressive improv-style direction from Jamie Thraves and terrific performances from the two leads.
Gillen's manic turn is the attention grabber, but Fisher's quietly wounded man-on-the verge is a solid anchor.
A gritty story that manages to take a refreshing attitude to the lives of the less fortunate.
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