Joseph, Hannah and James—a “ménage à trois'? More like a “menace à trios”. Joseph, a divorced, alcoholic and self-destructive loner, accidentally meets Hannah. She is a Christian woman working in a slop shop. Through her kindness, a friendship slowly develops, though Joseph prefers to leave God out of the equation, or, as he prefers to express it: “God ain’t my fucking daddy”. He mistakes Hannah for a naïve woman, lacking experience of life, but she has her own gruesome secrets—her husband James. He is a violent, sexually abusive man, a psychopath hiding behind a polished facade.

Within this mise-en-scène, a Greek tragedy unfolds: Three tormented characters in the epicenter, entangled in a drama involving violence, power, death and a spoonful of love—a drama affecting the surrounding society like seismic waves.

In Paddy Considine's convincing directorial debut, we learn that the state of self-knowledge can be achieved by encountering yourself in another person’s body. Considine also questions the desirability of forgiveness or redemption. Is the dichotomy between good and evil an illusion?

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Title
Tyrannosaur
Director
Paddy Considine
Country
UK
Length
91 min
Festival
2011
Section
Competition
Language
English
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Paul Popplewell
Producer
Diarmid Scrimshaw
Script
Paddy Considine
Music
Chris Baldwin

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