The Card Counter

The Card Counter ★★★★

I dare Paul Schrader to make a movie that isn’t just secretly him remaking a Bresson movie he likes.

The Card Counter is his version of Pickpocket. A deep-dive character study of a loner with a shady past on the fringe of polite society who uses his specially developed skills to find himself, spiced with Schrader’s usual interests in the corruptive nature of the American way and whatever hot button issue he found out about on Google last week.

It's everything you want from our favourite Facebook grandad Paul; a career best central performance by an already respected name, several fascinating complementary supporting performances from people you wouldn’t expect and a lean, minimalist aesthetic which makes everything hit that much more effectively.

Well done Paul. You're allowed back on Facebook again.

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