Nil by Mouth (1997)

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A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.


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12 December 2005 | fertilecelluloid
9
| Hellish domestic drama
This is hellish domestic drama from director/writer Gary Oldman. It feels real because, for him, it was real, it was his life growing up in South London. Ray Winstone as the abusive Ray is amazing, as is Kathy Burke as Ray's wife and full time punching bag Valerie. Oldman employs a rough and ready style and gives the actors lots of room to move and react within the frame. The result is an incendiary experience, a film that leaves you gasping for fresh air and in awe of the superb performances, sharp cutting, great sound design and unapologetic subject matter. It doesn't angle for simple solutions to its powerhouse issues and isn't all misery, either. It's about strength and the the power of personal responsibility. Superb.

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Details

Release Date:

6 February 1998

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, France

Filming Locations

England, UK

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,367 8 February 1998

Gross USA:

$266,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,130

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