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It's ultimately the film's avoidance of mystery that proves so effective and unnerving.
It's an intriguing hybrid of genre piece and interior psychodrama pinned together by ingenious direction and a great central performance by Aidan Gillen.
Gillen's performance is central to this discomforting deconstruction of machismo in its portrayal of loss and hopelessness.
That the whole should not quite add up to the sum of its parts is no great tragedy; there is enough magic in these meanderings to carry us over the flaws.
Aidan Gillen is so good in this Irish thriller it makes your skin tingle.
Gillen conveys the anger and anguish of his character but this is a painfully slow piece that keeps the viewer at arm's length.
Lawlor and Molloy's measured, precise style means their film is always watchable, but in some ways this goes over well-worn territory, and the visual poetry is not always matched by convincing drama.
You'd do well to seek out this exceptional and haunting British drama which boasts a career-best turn from Aidan Gillen.
Mister John is an engaging, enjoyably offbeat drama enlivened by a pervading sense of mystery, a perfectly judged, often weirdly funny script and a superb performance from Aiden Gillen.
Gillen is perfect at capturing the sense of a man's lost compass and jittery emotional state in a foreign land, even while he's holding it together just enough to fulfil his fraternal duties.
Mister John might have the ingredients of a mystery but it's just too much of a puzzler to be truly satisfying.
Mister John carries a premise not too dissimilar to that of Only God Forgives, except where this excels, is that both Lawlor and Molloy have remembered that there is an audience watching.
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