Hunger is a dark exploration into the breakdown of humanity. How far would you go to survive in the most extreme of circumstances? Five strangers awaken to find themselves trapped in an ... See full summary »
Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. Written by
One of the most beautiful and innovative films I've seen in years
This is a really amazing story told in a new kind of cinematic style that is powerful and requires few words at all to convey the depth and breadth of ideas and emotions. It has some weird plot shifts in that it follows one set of protagonists and then shifts to the Bobby Sands character but it didn't bother me at all because you come to realize that all of the prisoners in the story are essentially interchangeable and that in fact in a different country, under different political conditions "it could be you or me."
The hieroglyphic storytelling is so masterful, the director can create an entire turn of a phrase in a single shot just with a simple shallow rack focus.
Performances are stunning and require a lot of self-sacrifice on the part of the actors. Over all it is one of the most beautiful (in all its nightmareishness) and innovative films I have seen in many years.
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