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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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Kevin Harley

Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.