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Benjamin, a boy bullied for his Jewish faith, takes up boxing as a means of self-defense, alienating himself from his religious community. As an adult caught between two worlds, his ... See full summary »

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Oliver Woollford ... Young Benjamin
Giacomo Mancini ... Daniel
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... Mick
... Prison Guard
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Benjamin, a boy bullied for his Jewish faith, takes up boxing as a means of self-defense, alienating himself from his religious community. As an adult caught between two worlds, his desperation to provide for his family becomes the catalyst for a devastating series of events that ensures he may never find the acceptance he has always craved. Written by Anonymous

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Underrated, a heart felt portrait for a dismal diasporic Jewish community
27 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm only writing this review to do justice to the film. It deserves at least a 6.5-7, not a 5. A 5 would be if this was poorly directed or acted, both of which it was not. It was very neatly done and produced well, along with a sobering plot line.

This movie was an interesting combination of a traditional bleak British drama in and a diasporic religious theme, a unique combination.

Last time I saw Stephen Graham was in Snatch, which was also a good performance as a supporting actor. Stephen Graham in this movie as the lead role really did a solid job, and provided that heart felt guy- cry feel I felt the movie was trying to portray.

The other actors performed well and were very convincing. It almost reminded me of a British version of Out of the Furnace, with the theme of having to box your way out of poverty.

I really felt Graham's conviction throughout the movie, taking care of his wife, working as a butcher, on a mission to find his children, and dealing with the Rabbis.

I wouldn't even call the movie slow paced because a film like this should never go at a faster pace, it's meant to be experienced slowly to provide that bleak dismal feeling.

Michael Smiley was so evil in this, I really enjoyed how vicious he was. Also a solid performance.

If they wanted to score even higher, they could have added a few more subplots to make it even more convoluted and dynamic, or perhaps given a tad bit more info on where the children went.

Other than that, good job to the team who produced this. It was enjoyable to watch, a tidily produced portrait of Jews in Britain and the criminal underworld, and is worth a second watch for sure.


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