Starred Up

Tuesday, August 26, 7:00 PM


2013. Great Britain. Directed by David Mackenzie. Nineteen-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn). As Eric's explosive temper quickly finds him enemies among both prison authorities and fellow inmates, and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past the breaking point, he is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend) who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure whether his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him. Written by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser, Starred Up is a merciless, uncompromising portrayal of a dehumanizing life behind bars, and the most accomplished film of David Mackenzie's career. As father and son, Mendelsohn and O'Connell give extraordinary performances, charting a path that resembles Greek tragedy. Distributed by Tribeca Film. 106 min.

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