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Treacle Jr. [DVD]

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  • Actors: Aidan Gillen, Tom Fisher, Riann Steele
  • Directors: Jamie Thraves
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00525QLBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,297 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Aiden Gillen (The Wire) gives an electric performance in this blackly funny British drama mixing the tender treatment of dysfunction in Rain Man with the bleak urban redemption of The Fisher King. For reasons known only to himself, architect Tom (Tom Fisher) has abandoned his young family and taken to the streets of south London where he forms a halting relationship with Gillen. As their bond deepens--thanks in part to a kitten named Treacle Jr--the story gravitates toward a conclusion that’s as hard won as it is inescapable. Funny, touching and gritty.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Haworth on 19 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
This film is very low budget, uneven, certainly and flawed - but forget all that as at its heart this is a very rare gem of a movie - powered by an unforgettable, Oscar worthy performance from Aidan Gillen.

It is a film about the impact people can unexpectedly have in your life and how your whole life view can be altered through meaningful human interaction and for that alone it is an important film.

The ending is heart-wrenching and as poignant as any - It's a Wonderful Life or Midnight Cowboy come to mind as comparable in their impact and emotional resonance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AKfDG on 6 Nov. 2011
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Very intense and absolutely worth watching. I don't quite understand why so many people regard it as a comedy only. Yes, there are moments that are absolutely hilarious. Nevertheless, I feel that at times it is very sad and rather a tragedy with a relieving outcome. But then again, we're all different, and isn't this what a good film is all about? Treacle Jr. is definitely not a film you would forget within the next five minutes. No wonder it was well received at various film festivals. Working on it must have been very demanding. Aidan Gillen's works was rewarded at Milan Film Festival. I feel the entire crew should have received the award.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C on 4 Oct. 2011
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I thoroughly recommend this film. It is funny, shocking and moving, with an absolutely brilliant performance by Aiden Gillen as a dysfunctional but wildly optimistic drifter. A must-see movie!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DANFLAN on 6 Nov. 2011
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This film is a brilliant example of great British film making. The cast are superb, Aidan Gillen is particular is outstanding, as Aidan Murphy, the lovely but misunderstood man, and this is one of his best performances to date. The film itself is funny, gritty, and compelling, and you get to see a different kind of friendship than you would in other films. The writing and directing is brilliant, and Jamie Thraves has really done his best. I would recommend this film to anyone. Spread the Treacle Jr. love!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thetruthshallsetyefree on 26 Jan. 2013
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The performances in this movie are intense and capitvating and the plot is simple and open-ended which adds even more of a gritty, real-life atmosphere.

Low budget or not this is one of the best movies of its type I have seen.

Fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By c.mason on 11 Sept. 2014
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Recovering from a very painful double fractured arm, I awoke early one night in pain, put the tv on and luckily enough caught the start of Treacle Jr. Sat there completely absorbed by just how well the dark and edgy side of South London had been captured. Living in London, I've met all those characters in the film, they are all out there, in pubs, bus stops, parks etc. This is what us Brits do best, no glitzy big budget Hollywood over the top blockbuster, but a realistic portrayal of life! Going back to films and dramas such as Loneliness of the long distance runner, Boys from the Blackstuff and Nil by mouth, you get to feel where this film comes from and where it is taking you. People who like effects, over exaggerated plot lines, polished,nicy nice, all encompassing films won't get this, why would they, this is a portrayal of a life that some dont want to know or will never know. What it is, is an insight and a journey into a world that exists, it's a bit too real for some and probably to uncomfortable for others, hats off for having the balls and guts to make and produce a film like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Wilson on 13 Mar. 2015
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On the surface, this film is about a lost soul on the brink of some unfathomable abyss, something inexpressible is gnawing away at the nether regions of this mans very being. It's too painful to look back at the family he leaves behind and too terrifying to contemplate the finality of whatever lies at the bottom of the abyss.
Beneath all this is a heartwarming story about a comedic, slow-witted Irish man who quite literally rescues this man from an unknown fate. Every sentence to come from Aiden Gillan's mouth is a feat of human observation so endearing that you either want to laugh or cry - and when tragedy strikes it strikes hard. There's a strong fisher king vibe to the narrative in the way that human intervention can be the saving grace that is needed for one lost soul, and it's never going to be the way you'd imagine it.
Yes I liked this film a lot and I recommend it to lost souls and film lovers alike.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2011
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This is an independent film from writer and director Jamie Thraves. It tells the story of Tom (Tom Fisher), who at the age of forty decides to leave his wife and small child for no discernable reason. He just gets on a train for London and bins his identification and beds down on the street - as you do.

He then gets attacked by a gang of homophobic thugs who think he is gay. That encounter leads him to A and E and as is fairly typical it is full of an odd assortment, including Aiden Murphy (Aiden Gillen) who takes a shine to Tom. Whilst Tom is withdrawn and obviously troubled, Aiden is over the top gregarious and the sort of person you can often encounter on public transport - the `nutter on the bus' type.

Aiden takes Tom back to his flat which he shares with his `girlfriend' Linda (Riann Steele), she is a street wise and savvy low end of the market prostitute, who also knows a good deal when she sees it. She injects some visceral realism into the whole proceedings. Aiden makes money by doing anything which includes renting out `Treacle' a neighbours cat for mice hunting in `greasy spoon' cafes.

This is a very quirky film, but it is also a comedy, a study in the human condition and mental health problems. Aiden Gillen is just excellent and caries the film with the weight of his performance and what at first for me was a very irritating character actually becomes likable because of his over whelming positiveness.

This was made for £30,000 which means some corners are slightly rounded, though not necessarily cut. There are a lot of questions that are ignored let alone being addressed, but to mention them might be a plot spoiler.
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