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Written and directed by up and coming American filmmaker J.C. Chandor (All is Lost), A Most Violent Year – which comes to the Tyneside Cinema from Friday 23rd January – is set in the dark and cold, crime-ridden New York City winter of 1981.

Avocado bath suites aside, this is a well-constructed and clever drama starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) as smooth-talking heating oil salesman Abel Morales and Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) as his increasingly suffering wife. Immigrants to the US in one of the most violent years in the city’s history, the couple try to build a life in an extremely competitive environment. Nasty surprises await and they are in danger of being drawn into a world of corruption and violence, potentially ruining the world they have worked to create. Featuring some strong performances and excellent screenplay, this is a beautiful portrayal of a difficult time, and while it is not a fast paced film, it draws you in, mimicking the strife of the protagonists.

Others have compared the opening of the film to The Godfather, high praise indeed, and something I am keen to confirm or deny. It may not be a blockbuster, but it has been nominated for a Golden Globe so must be taken seriously.

A Most Violent Year comes to the Tyneside Cinema from Friday 23rd January.

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