Director: J.C. CHANDOR

125 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

This film was released on Friday 23rd  January 2015 and is no longer screening.

1981 is on record as being worst year for violent crime in the history of New York City. J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost) sets his latest drama then and there, is an atmosphere of cheap hoodlums, corrupt teamsters, shady lawyers, ambitious entrepreneurs, crime syndicates, ineffective law enforcement and men out for all they can get. Trying to rise above all this is Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), an ex-truck driver who has built up a heating company after marrying his former boss’ daughter, Anna(Jessica Chastain).

While his father-in-law was mobbed up, Morales resists such corruption, going to great lengths to protect his family and business as malicious forces conspire to drag him down. With a sharp script and an excellent cast, A Most Violent Year is a brilliantly realised period piece that resonates in depicting a brutal, tainted take on The American Dream. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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★★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★★ Irish Independent

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