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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Skunk (Eloise Laurence, arresting) is a quiet but persistently inquisitive 11-year-old who’s surrounded by chaos: She watches her volcanic neighbor (Rory Kinnear), who’s raising three wayward daughters, beat up a developmentally disabled innocent teen. Her dad, an even-tempered lawyer (Tim Roth), tries to keep the peace in their cul-de-sac, but to no avail. Skunk’s teacher (Cillian Murphy) is seeing her au pair; he’s later rewarded with a broken heart (guess who the nanny leaves him for?) and a busted nose. The first feature from British theater director Rufus Norris deftly mixes gritty realism and lyrical impressionism, though its five-car pileup of a climax ultimately makes the film feel less a Greek tragedy than a miniseries in miniature.

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Written by Sam Adams

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 8 March 2013
  • Duration:91 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Rufus Norris
  • Cast:
    • Tim Roth
    • Cillian Murphy
    • Rory Kinnear
    • Eloise Laurence
    • Zana Marjanovic
    • Sally-Jo Seery
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