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The Shadow of Violence presents a grimly effective portrait of one man's struggle with divided loyalties, elevated by standout performances from a stellar cast. Read critic reviews

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A former boxer cares for his autistic son while working as an enforcer for a family of drug dealers in rural Ireland.

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  • Aug 20, 2020
    Despite a lot of critical acclaim, Independent Irish cinema never seems to get the audience it deserves and, most likely, Calm With Horses (also known as The Shadow of Violence) will be another casualty of that. Those that choose to overlook this film will only be doing themselves a disservice as it's a taut and very well executed crime drama. First-time director Nick Rowland gets up close and personal in his depiction of low-key, working class criminals and isn't shy in depicting the violence and brutality involved in their day-to-day lives. However, the film is much more than that. As a character study, there's a genuine emotion that courses throughout the film as it explores the complexity of the small town's inhabitants whose bleak surroundings are reflected in their motivations. For a debut film, Nick Rowland has a strong handling on the material with a keen eye for a shot and even stronger ability to tease out great performances from the cast. Barry Keoghan will be a familiar face to many having recently appeared in American Animals, Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He's certainly a talented performer but he's overshadowed by the work of protagonist, Cosmo Jarvis. As a brutish, troubled man-child, Jarvis injects such humanity into his role that watching him search for some form of redemption is just heartbreaking. It's a magnetic central performance amidst a finely crafted slice-of-life.
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