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Watch: Jessica Chastain Demands Respect in First ‘A Most Violent Year’ Clip

Watch: Jessica Chastain Demands Respect in First 'A Most Violent Year' Clip

The first clip from writer/director J.C. Chandor’s 1981-set crime drama “A Most Violent Year” (whose title is a bit of a misnomer) has landed. 

Jessica Chastain plays cigarette-wielding, master manipulatrix Anna Morales who in this clip attempts to distract David Oyelowo’s stern detective while her husband Abel, played by Oscar Isaac, stashes evidence of their wrongdoings in the backyard. They’re ringleaders of a criminal oil enterprise in New York but now their world is beginning to crumble.

J.C. Chandor’s slickly made but uneven followup to “Margin Call” and cause célèbre “All Is Lost” is the best Oscar shot for Chastain, who acts the hell out of this spiky role opposite an iconic Oscar Isaac. Oyelowo, meanwhile, floored audiences this week in “Selma” at AFI Fest, where “Most Violent Year” also premiered.

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