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A Kind of Hush (1999)

 |  Drama  |  10 September 1999 (UK)
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Six teens who were traumatized by child abuse early in their lives come together to form a gang that ultimately plots revenge against the ones who committed the crimes against them. The ... See full summary »



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Six teens who were traumatized by child abuse early in their lives come together to form a gang that ultimately plots revenge against the ones who committed the crimes against them. The gang leader (Harley Smith) is the only one who has something of a normal life, living at a hotel where he is an apprentice and friends with the managers (Roy Hudd, Jeanie Drynan) who are like surrogate parents to him. However, when the others start to attack their tormentors, Smith is drawn into the conflagaration also. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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get even... or go under?




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Untitled for Saxophone and Keyboard
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Jan Garbarek (tenor sax), Arvo Pärt (keyboards)
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Excellent and moving
24 May 2000 | by (Birmingham England) – See all my reviews

About a group of young men struggling to find a way to live with their shared experience of childhood sexual abuse. Despite the subject matter, a truly entertaining film, I found myself caught up in the understated and deeply authentic emotions of the characters, especially Stu who is trying to enter into a tender relationship with a young woman without really knowing how. A deep film with dense, spare dialogue, full of subtle visual references, adroitly performed by mainly first-time actors and dealing very well with a central issue of child abuse, often overlooked, the effects on the feelings of those misused.

Stirner has courageously shown that the human spirit offers some hope in the midst of grimness. Kathleen, Chef and Beryl offer Stu (and us) glimpses of how life could be different.

Excellently and movingly done with humour and lightness of touch. If more British films like this were given adequate distribution as well as production funding we might get back into international contention. In my opinion it stands alongside 'The Full Monty'and'Brassed Off' and is better than for example 'The War Zone'.

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