Director: David Michod
Cast: Guy Pearce, Jackie Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, James Frecheville
A gripping, gritty family drama from Australia to underline, once again, just how good that country’s film can be, even without the ‘advantage’ of big-name stars.
The drama of this particular Melbourne family is that they are all psychopaths, ruled by the evil, mother-from-hell Smurf (the brilliant Weaver) and her twisted sons.
Into this warped world steps teenage grandson Josh (Frecheville) whose mother has died from a drug overdose, having tried to distance him from the relatives.
The theme is, of course, that you can’t choose your family, though Josh might have a friend in a good cop (Pearce) who tries to rescue him.
Powerful, disturbing and an all-round gem.
Star Rating: 5/5