Toni Collette filmed her scenes in the film over six days. See more »
Requiem For The Static King - Part One
Performed by A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Published by Embassy Music Corporation
o/b/o Dustin O'Halloran Music and Lidmusic (BMI)
By kind permission of Music Sales Creative
Written by Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie
Appears courtesy Kranky Ltd and Erased Tapes See more »
Jack Reynor and Toni Collette both do extremely powerful work in this study an Irish working- class lad in his early 20s trying desperately to deal with his mother's raging suicidal alcoholism. There are a number of deeply disturbing scenes between them, and other that are truly heartbreaking. It's not often we see two actors bring such complexity to what could easily have been familiar and forced.
But there's something off in the film – the script tends to go wordy and oddly theatrical at times, although at others it's gratifyingly understated. (It's much better when it's showing instead of telling). And the interesting - but seemingly left field - story line/moral dilemma of the last 15 minutes seems weirdly stuck onto the far more interesting and coherent central plot.
Still, it's very worth seeing for the performances (including Will Poulter as Raynor's only good friend), but it feels like an interesting film that sadly missed a shot at being a great one.
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