Paddy Considine, the accomplished British actor likely best known Stateside for his turn alongside Samantha Morton in “In America,” impressed Sundance audiences this year, not for his acting chops but for his undeniable talent behind the camera. His harrowing directorial debut “Tyrannosaur,” netted two awards at the event and continued to build buzz on the festival circuit since its premiere.
The first trailer for the film dropped today and we’re glad to report it does justice to the gritty and heartbreaking nature of Considine’s debut. Peter Mullan gives a scorching performance as a self-destructive alcoholic who finds redemption in the hands of Hannah (Olivia Colman in a revelatory turn), a Christian charity shop worker. Together they form an unlikely bond, one that enrages her sadistically abusive husband (Eddie Marsan).
This love story is a tough sit (you see a dog get beaten to death in the opening scene). But if you can stomach the grime and grit, you’ll see it for what it is: a cathartic character study featuring two of this year’s best performances. It drops this fall through Strand Releasing.