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This is a recreation of a series of interviews done over about a year with Chris, a man with a violent, dangerous past who, now with wife and child, talks about his regret for the pain he has caused to his victims, how his personality was molded by his violent father, and his fears for his young son. Written by kbarrillea

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A challenging and rewarding film with astonishing acting and convincing direction
22 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A heart emerges in real life in this a story of an unusual return to family. Chris, the main character, was born into a paranoid and unforgiving childhood, educated to give pain to men, and distance to women. His comments on his mother are strangely disconnected and observational, as if she had been a passive, almost absent presence. His father, however, taught him to respond with an overwhelming disproportionate violence to any threat - however slight - to evoke terror. Through dialogue with the film-maker, Chris reveals his past, and how his new partner and child have led him to a new understanding. Chris' real-life words and his interaction with the film-maker are re-played with astounding conviction by Jason Isaacs.


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