A devastated father struggles to deal with his son’s debilitating addiction to methamphetamines in Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s (The Broken Circle Breakdown) first English-language film, an emotionally charged adaptation of separate memoirs written by the duo. Eighteen-year-old Nic Sheff (Timothée Chalamet) stuns his separated parents David (Steve Carell) and Vicki (Amy Ryan) when his experimentation with drugs lands him in rehab.
Nic’s subsequent recoveries and relapses are depicted in non-linear fashion; flashbacks to Nic’s happy childhood juxtaposed with his spiral into addiction. Van Groeningen elicits a raw performance from Carell, with Chalamet playing an uncomprehending addict blinded to how perilous his situation has become.
(Notes by David O’Mahony.)
There will be Open Captioned screenings at 20.40 on Sunday 20th and 13.10 on Thursday 24th.
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