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A slice of raggedy realism from Michael Winterbottom

One-man UK film industry Michael Winterbottom continues his genre hopping with this gentle kitchen-sink experiment.

Shot over five years, it stars Shirley Henderson and John Simm as a couple separated by his prison sentence, and features a real family of four as their kids, who grow and change over time as the adults stay, tragically, the same.

The result is a slice of raggedy realism with ultra-naturalistic performances.

Although detractors might wish for something more profound, capturing the poignant pointlessness of life passing by feels like a noble pursuit in itself.

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