Following Krisha and It Comes at Night, Trey Edward Shultz continues to impress with one of the year's most dazzling cinematic achievements, a study of a family's dramatic unravelling and redemption.

Dir-Scr Trey Edward Shults
Prod James Wilson, Kevin Turen
With Kelvin Harrison Jr, Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell
135 min
UK Distribution Universal Pictures International

Popular high-school athlete Tyler (an astonishing Kelvin Harrison Jr. who also shines in Luce) lives a seemingly privileged life. An all-star wrestler with a loving girlfriend and a supportive, affluent family, he spends his days training, and his nights partying. But beneath the fragile veneer of perfection, cracks are beginning to show. Under constant scrutiny from his overbearing father, ignoring the reality of a potentially serious shoulder injury and reeling from an unexpected development in his romantic relationship, Tyler's world looks set to implode. As the pressures around him steadily mount, a series of events are put in motion which threaten not only Tyler's happiness, but also the lives of the people he loves the most. To give too much away would risk spoiling the unforeseen complexities of this devastating family drama, which consistently surprises and astounds with its bold narrative ambition and bravura visual language. Once again, Shultz continues to prove himself one of contemporary cinema's most distinctive filmmaking talents, crafting an intricate tale which is at once bracingly experimental yet always emotionally accessible.

Michael Blyth

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