Junkhearts (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Nov 1 2011

Nineteen-year-old Nottingham actress Candese Reid picked up a newcomer award at the London Film Festival last week for her raw turn in this flawed low-budget feature from noted shorts director Tinge Krishnan. Reid is impressive, but a weak and wayward parallel plot and an unfortunate casting mistake derail a worthwhile attempt to portray an odd friendship in east London between a lonely ex-soldier, Frank (Eddie Marsan), and a homeless teenager, Lynette (Reid). While the film’s more intimate scenes are affecting and nicely played by Marsan and Reid, diversions to visit a wealthy working mother (Romola Garai) on the other side of town, and the entry into the film of Lynette’s boyfriend, Danny (Tom Sturridge, unsuited to the role), are baffling and undermine its attempt to portray the underbelly of London life.
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15

UK release:

Fri Nov 4, 2011

Duration:

90 mins

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Helen,Glasgow

Not easy to watch at times but I thought about it for days afterwards and it really nade me think aboout how awful it is to be lonely and the risks you'd take just to have some love in your life. I know these scenarios happen out there which is really sad. Good performances all round. The young boyfriend was scary!

Titus

Totally enjoyed this film, it's beautifully put together. Frank's damaged state of mind wrong-footed me totally, is he the evil at the heart of this? And then the film-makers manage to create a nastily realistic sense of claustrophobia and dread as Frank's life is taken over by the teenage cuckoos. His return to fear and impotence after a brief spell in the sun are heart-breaking you're willing him to do something to get out of the terrible situation he's in... and this stuff really happens, there really are vulnerable people out there being treated this way.

Nigel

The TimeOut review is spot on. This is a silly little film with some truly hammy performances. It was the worst film that I saw at the recent LFF and should be avoided.

Owen

I couldn't disagree with Dave Calhoun more. Did he actually watch the film or simply compile a list of prejudices on the basis of reading a press release and a cast list?Yes, both Eddie Marsan and Candice Reid give superb performances, but to claim that Tom Sturridge was miscast is a total joke! Sturridge played Danny utterly convincingly with a combination of both menace and vulnerability. Junkhearts isn't perfect. But for a first feature by emerging British talent that succeeds in being both dramatically and emotionally compelling it really deserves more than a two-star kicking by Time Out.

Manjula

Wonderful film, with all the casting being absolutely amazing. Candese Reid has won best newcomer at the BFI film awards. Tom Sturridge is excellent showing that this reviewer must have been expecting to see Sex and The City instead such an accurate and hardhitting piece of art.

Manjula

Wonderful film, with all the casting being absolutely amazing. Candese Reid has won best newcomer at the BFI film awards. Tom Sturridge is excellent showing that this reviewer must have been expecting to see Sex and The City instead such an accurate and hardhitting piece of art.

Paul Donner

'A powerful, thought provoking piece that journeyed me through sadness to joy whilst stopping off at bewilderment and anger along the way. Stylishly shot and flawlessly executed, this gutsy piece of British film making is a multi layered exposition of the human condition in its modern form. Honest and gritty; Junkhearts is a must for all those seeking a closer look at the uncomfortable reality that lies just beneath our daily lives.

David

I also disagree with the TimeOut review of Junkhearts, which I thought was fantastic! The film is as emotionally engaging as it gets, and clearly performed and crafted with great care. It has made a real impression on me.. The story is not an easy one but it isn't bleak or gratuitous in any way: you are given the opportunity to laugh, and always WITH the characters, never AT them. Actor-wise, there are four excellent performances at the heart of this film. At the end I felt very grateful for my comfortable home! Yes, the film does shine another light on London's streets. Recommended, strongly.

David

I also disagree with the TimeOut review of Junkhearts, which I thought was fantastic! The film is as emotionally engaging as it gets, and clearly performed and crafted with great care. It has made a real impression on me.. The story is not an easy one but it isn't bleak or gratuitous in any way: you are given the opportunity to laugh, and always WITH the characters, never AT them. Actor-wise, there are four excellent performances at the heart of this film. At the end I felt very grateful for my comfortable home! Yes, the film does shine another light on London's streets. Recommended, strongly.

Simon

I loved this film. Couldn't disagree more with the miserable reviewer. It's a really engaging and gripping film. The cast blew me away - particularly the girl who plays Lynette. Tom Sturridge is totally brilliant. Go see Junkhearts and judge for yourself.

Simon

I loved this film. Couldn't disagree more with the miserable reviewer. It's a really engaging and gripping film. The cast blew me away - particularly the girl who plays Lynette. Tom Sturridge is totally brilliant. Go see Junkhearts and judge for yourself.

Misha B

Loved the film, Storyline, dialogue. A truly talented British cast. Film making that should be celebrated particularly in the UK rather then a film critic feeling the need to destroy. Tom is perfect for the part and this is his most significant role to date. Riveting performances hold our attention throughout this dark drama. Marsan and newcomer Candese Reed incredible.

Misha B

Loved the film, Storyline, dialogue. A truly talented British cast. Film making that should be celebrated particularly in the UK rather then a film critic feeling the need to destroy. Tom is perfect for the part and this is his most significant role to date. Riveting performances hold our attention throughout this dark drama. Marsan and newcomer Candese Reed incredible.

Jo

Maybe ur just too posh to get this great film. It's shot beautifully and tom is very convincing as Danny, he acted the part very well. Tinge has cast the roles very well and the actress playing lynette was outstanding. She really got under my skin and made me care about what happens with her. Maybe u were to dim to see the subtle but obvious connection romala was playing. Anyway if you fancy seeing a moving that is well acted and has you wanting and feeling for the characters them go see this. You will leave with ur mind buzzing and maybe be less harsh to the next homeless person u walk by

Jo

Maybe ur just too posh to get this great film. It's shot beautifully and tom is very convincing as Danny, he acted the part very well. Tinge has cast the roles very well and the actress playing lynette was outstanding. She really got under my skin and made me care about what happens with her. Maybe u were to dim to see the subtle but obvious connection romala was playing. Anyway if you fancy seeing a moving that is well acted and has you wanting and feeling for the characters them go see this. You will leave with ur mind buzzing and maybe be less harsh to the next homeless person u walk by

Josie

A moving and gripping portrayal of life on the streets and the problems with drug addiction. Disagree with casting remarks about Tom Sturridge, who is perfect for the role.

Josie

A moving and gripping portrayal of life on the streets and the problems with drug addiction. Disagree with casting remarks about Tom Sturridge, who is perfect for the role.