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United Kingdom, 2010, 93 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Crime, Drama, Family Issues, Religious, Social Issues
Program: Contemporary World Cinema
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Paddy Considine
Producer: Diarmid Scrimshaw
Editor: Pia di Ciaula
Screenwriter: Paddy Considine
Cinematographer: Erik Wilson
Principal Cast: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan

In actor Paddy Considine’s impressive filmmaking debut, we meet Joseph, a lonely widower, as he wanders in and out of the pubs in Leeds. An angry drunk with a penchant for violence, Joseph lashes out fatally at his own dog, an act that’s all the more tragic when he realizes it was his only true friend. When Joseph meets Hannah, a practicing Christian working at a charity shop, she appears a savior. But Hannah has demons of her own, stuck in an abusive relationship with a husband whose temperament exceeds even Joseph’s. Still, in one another, Hannah and Joseph find a source of comfort amid a dreary existence.

Known for his roles in such films as In America, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Cinderella Man, Considine goes behind the lens to deliver a gritty character-driven drama marked by stellar performances. Peter Mullan gives a tour de force as Joseph, initially despicable yet ultimately heartbreaking as he staggers toward redemption. Olivia Colman, as the vulnerable and sweet Hannah, offers a perfect counterbalance to the enraged men in her life. Based on Considine’s 2007 short, Dog Altogether, Tyrannosaur engages one’s sympathies on the deepest level.

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