R (2011)

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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
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
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Studio:
Olvie Films

Cast

Pilou Asbæk
as Rune [R]
Dulfi Al-Jaburi
as Jabouri - Rashid
Roland Moller
as The Mason
Jacob Gredsted
as Carsten
Kim Winther
as Prison Guard Kim
Omar Shargawi
as Bazhir
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Critic Reviews for R

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

"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.

June 16, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The film's brilliance starts to surpass its brutality.

Full Review… | June 14, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 14, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for R

½

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 Lucas
Matthew Lucas

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