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The Shadow of Violence

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gritty Irish drama doesn't shy away from violence; drug use.

Movie R 2020 101 minutes
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The Shadow of Violence marks a striking and unforgettable debut for Nick Rowland. It's an atmospheric drama that places the viewer in the heart of this murky, barren town in rural Ireland. Visually striking, the movie is stylistic and brutal. Similarly to the character of Lenny in Of Mice and Men, Arm (Jarvis) -- a physically intimidating, yet conflicted man -- is exploited for his stature and his lack of intellect. This results in sad tale of someone desperate to wave good-bye to a world he's somehow indebted to.

The movie's real spark is Jarvis, and while Dunkirk's Barry Keoghan continues to mark his rise as Dympna, it's the former who truly shines. It's a subtle and internalized display, and while this may be a violent, unforgiving drama, at its core it works as a stirring character study of an incredibly complex man. Thanks to Jarvis' central performance the movie takes the viewer on a compelling and emotional journey.

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