Nil by Mouth

Nil by Mouth

DVD - 2003
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A gritty look at the mean streets of South London, where drug addiction, poverty and abuse are common, and hope is not.


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Dec 05, 2014

Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke give career-defining performances as Raymond, the violently psychotic patriarch of a white trash London family, and Valerie his increasingly desperate punching-bag of a wife on whom he regularly unleashes all his frustrations and anger. Rounding out the household are Val’s heroin addict brother Billy, her long-suffering mother, and her embittered grandmother. Though light on plot—Billy’s theft of a treasured memento proves to be the catalyst for all sorts of brutal confrontations—Nil By Mouth’s dispassionate look at a morally disoriented Ray rushing towards the abyss borders on urban horror; his ultimate disintegration being one of the most intense scenes ever put to celluloid. Not an easy film to watch by any means: the violence is convincingly intense including an episode of domestic abuse that is almost too savage to watch, the sense of lives being wasted is oppressive, and every other sentence contains a colourful combination of “f*ck” and “c*nt”. But for all that it remains one of the most gripping character studies you’re likely to see. Oddly enough, after two hours of physical and psychological carnage it all ends on a banal household scene that is either an attempt at redemption or the deepest of ironies. Writer/director Gary Oldman (yes, the actor) claims to have based the script on his own childhood memories, even dedicating the film to his father. And that is probably the most disturbing thought of all.

insane_smurf Feb 08, 2014

its an english accent - you know, you speak THEIR language lol

Jul 21, 2013

SE London family in the late 90's. Sexism, violence and drug fueled madness. Would have been more interesting if I had a better idea of what the characters were actually saying.. That 'souf' London accent is a challenge.


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