Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
The Story of Ray, a Personal Injury attorney facing a moral and spiritual crisis. Ray finds himself feeling cursed, trapped, and miserable as a parade of "injured" clients constantly pressure him for their money, most of which is not deserved. He feels he is only an instrument of their greed. The time constraints of his job prevent him from spending time with his family and friends. Ray misses a chance to see his brother Paul before he dies of cancer. As his clients become more frantic and demanding, Ray begins to unravel, Questioning the morality of his profession. He is haunted by the ghost of his deceased brother Paul who guides him toward his salvation. Written by
"The Cross" is a compelling film about a lawyer who finds his profession tearing him further and further from both his family and the spiritual ideals of his youth. The production is handsomely mounted, beautifully photographed and the acting is completely convincing throughout. The film imaginatively mixes the past and the present and the real and the surreal as the personal injury lawyer's life falls apart after the death of his brother. The Greek heritage of the leading characters, and their valued traditions, give the film a strong and fascinating sense of place. My complaints are few. The film feels a little long and the relationships of some of the colorful secondary characters to the lead characters are somewhat ill-defined. However, those are minor quibbles balanced against the whole. This film is definitely worth checking out.
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