Junkhearts (2011)




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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 offers to let her sleep at his shabby apartment. The two soon strike up a friendship, but Lynette's drug addiction makes her difficult to live with, as does her relationship with her short-tempered boyfriend Danny (Tom Sturridge). Meanwhile, Christine (Romola Garai) looks like a happy and successful woman on the surface, but while she has a respectable career in business, her life as a single mother has filled her with guilt and loneliness, and she turns to drugs and sex to fill the emotional void. Junkhearts was the first feature film from director Tinge Krishnan.
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Candese Reid
as Lynette
Romola Garai
as Christine
John Boyega
as Jamal
Chris Coghill
as Banker
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Critic Reviews for Junkhearts

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | July 4, 2012
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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.

Full Review… | November 26, 2011

Aptly named as the characters purge their tickers in their quest for redemption. Expect another bleak tale of inner-city hardship and self pity ...

Full Review… | November 5, 2011

More sincere than sophisticated.

November 3, 2011
London Evening Standard

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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011

It's an impressive two-hander about sensitive souls facing stark realities - the lovers who life forces to become fighters.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
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