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The prisoner R arrives to Denmark's toughest prison, where he is to serve a sentence for violent assault. R is reduced to a number, a letter, just another inmate. The prison is a parallel world filled with rules, honor, and debts. A world, in which bars cover the windows and blood stains the floor. R is placed in the most hardcore ward. Here he must find his place in the system, learn to navigate, and fight for survival. navigate, and fight for survival. -- (C) Olive Films


Critic Reviews for R

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  • Who knows better about prison life than someone who has experienced it firsthand?

    Jun 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "R" is not about justice or redemption. You couldn't even call it a protest film about prison conditions, but it is very well made and persuasively acted.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Directors-screenwriters Lindholm and Noer are careful not to let the audience know more than their protagonist does, keeping them in the nerve-wrecking state of uncertainty and fear.

    Jun 15, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The film's brilliance starts to surpass its brutality.

    Jun 15, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • Lindholm and Noer attempt to make up in raw emotion what their film lacks in context, an approach good for a surprising amount of mileage, until the project finally chokes on its own inevitable nihilism.

    Jun 14, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The helmers employ claustrophobic closeups to mirror the experience of an inmate arriving at the harsh institution and finding his options limited by more than just locked doors.

    Apr 13, 2011

    Alissa Simon

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for R

  • Jun 14, 2011
    A raw, hard-hitting prison drama about a new inmate trying to navigate prison life and survive by carving out a niche for himself and rising through the ranks of inmate society. Plays like a Danish remake of A PROPHET, but is actually superior to Audiard's film in its eschewing of its more grandiose elements in favor of a simpler, more streamlined narrative.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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