Treacle Jr (15)

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Tue Jul 12 2011

Ten years ago Jamie Thraves directed his indie debut ‘The Low Down’, with Aidan Gillen (Tommy Carcetti from ‘The Wire’) starring as an artist mumbling and half-arsing his way into his thirties. Hailed as the work of an original new voice, it was included in The Observer’s list of the best British films of the past 25 years. Which didn’t stop ‘The Low Down’ disappearing without a trace, and Thraves with it.

Now he’s back with ‘Treacle Jr’ and reunited with Gillen. As he did in ‘The Low Down’, Thraves sets his sights on a semi-detached character, this time the seemingly steady Tom (Tom Fisher), married in Birmingham with a kid, who checks out of his life one morning. Leaving for work as usual, he gets on a train to London and disappears. After a few nights homeless he meets  Aidan (Gillen), a motormouth with learning difficulties, unpredictable but totally harmless, the kind of man you move seats on the bus to avoid. In another actor’s hands Aidan would be icky and fake but Gillen is hugely charismatic and it’s a brilliantly sympathetic portrait.

‘Treacle Jr’ is oddly likeable given its plot might have been lifted from a slipped-through-the-cracks social care horror story. Aidan lives with a ‘girlfriend’ who is abusive and blatantly using him. That volatile set-up is upended by the arrival of Tom – Thraves’s hyper-attentive camera locking in on every emotional detail.

A bleak streak is offset nicely by Aidan’s unbreakably sunny disposition – he has a store of crackpot business schemes, like renting out Treacle the cat as mice control. This is low budget and it shows, but it’s clear Thraves has still got something to say.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Jul 15, 2011

Duration:

85 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Jamie Thraves

Screenwriter:

Jamie Thraves

Cast:

Aidan Gillen, Tom Fisher, Riann Steele

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Verushka

Go see Treacle Jr! Its plot is not very original - an unlikely meeting of two misfits who end up helping each other - but the film has a real heart and warmth. It gives you a feeling that, against all odds, the world is not such a bad place after all. The film's emotional core lies in Aidan Gillen portrayal of a simpleton with a big heart, which is truly amazing.

Verushka

Go see Treacle Jr! Its plot is not very original - an unlikely meeting of two misfits who end up helping each other - but the film has a real heart and warmth. It gives you a feeling that, against all odds, the world is not such a bad place after all. The film's emotional core lies in Aidan Gillen portrayal of a simpleton with a big heart, which is truly amazing.

Almette

I've seen it twice. Hilarious and very emotional at the same time. Very well done and worth watching.

Almette

I've seen it twice. Hilarious and very emotional at the same time. Very well done and worth watching.

Penycate

I woke up this morning smiling as I relived moments of unexpected humour in the film. Although initially like a crazy fly buzzing around Tom's head Aiden's daft endearing innocence, his loyal true and open heart gradually win Tom over even teaching him a few things? Aiden's stupid naivety leads him to throw himself into a few fists. He takes all the knocks his greedy world throws at him and bounces back with a grin. As I warmed to Aiden in contrast Linda, his deceitful violent "girlfriend" has let greed turn her heart into a shrivelled and ugly hole. Direction took me along twists and turns in the plot. Clear, unpretentious, tenderly observed film,which made me laugh and carry on smiling into the next day. If the director and screenwriter Jamie Thraves could do this with £30,000 (after remortgaging his home) give him at least double to make the next one.