Two people sunken into complacency at rock bottom.
This movie sheds light on extremely sidelined demographics and plays them with gritty, painful realism. Cage and Shue bring sympathetic depth to roles that are normally flatly stereotyped in other cinema. Their performances carry most of the weight for this film.
I appreciated character perspective elements of Figgis’ direction, but I wasn’t enamored with the overall production. The soundtrack in particular is horrendously cheesy, ranging from a patronizing tonal guide to an oddly tone deaf distraction. It often made the viewing experience painful.
The good moments of this film aren’t easy to swallow either. This movie is a hard watch. Binge-drinking & prostitution has never looked so imprisoning.