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Beard expects us to learn about the characters through their physical interactions as well as their facial expressions, and we end up caring deeply about these people even without conventional movie storytelling.
There are some moments when the script feels somewhat insincere. Strong performances, however, especially from the kids, elevate the muted atmosphere and add a richness to the story.
Two for Joy is desperate and demanding, but it offers something which is rarely allowed in films which depict poverty. It offers hope.
It's well acted, but in its adherence to some of the current trends in social realism--a young person's viewpoint, a slightly arty style--it's a bit too generic for its own good.
Sweet but not sentimental, sad but not cynical, Two For Joy is a welcome new take on a British realism with disarmingly impressive performances from its young cast.
It's a sombre British drama in the spirit of Andrea Arnold and Clio Barnard: unforced and superbly acted, with fleeting moments of beauty to leaven the gloom.
Sensitively realised and soundscaped, there's an almost unbearable tension surrounding these damaged, volatile characters who encounter danger at every turn - mainly from themselves.
A confident, good-looking, heartfelt film in the pastoral social-realist style, with strong performances from an excellent cast, including Samantha Morton and Daniel Mays.
A refreshingly empathetic take on familiar subject matter.
The film's largely muted approach is appropriate, given its theme of depression, and occasionally feverish, heightened visual moments tap into the fears that often lurk in the corners of traumatised minds.
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