Suddenly, the moody 15-year-old, Tom, and his 18-year-old sister, Jessie, find themselves relocated from the hustle and bustle of urban London to the sullen silence of wind-swept rural Devon, at a little but neat cottage in the middle of nowhere. Dad is caring and kind, and very much in love with mum who has just given birth; however, an accidental glimpse of a disturbing and well-hidden secret in the family will bring Tom face-to-face with shock, denial, and ultimately, rage. What mystery could be so appalling that threatens to bring everyone in the family to their knees?
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for sexual content, some involving molestation, and for nudity, language and a scene of violence
I was warned so much in advance that I entered the cinema wearing a (virtual) bullet proof vest and was equipped with two packets of Kleenex. As the film ended, I found myself oddly desensitised. I felt like someone punched me in the stomach and I was left out of air, almost hollow.
Roth, following his mate Gary Oldman, has chosen a courageous yet uncommercially viable issue to tackle in his directorial debut. Nevertheless, aided by gifted photographer, Seamus McGarvey, and inspired casting, Roth’s film is a triumph.
The stunning and clever location, the ‘understatedness’/’Englishness’ of the characters, the harrowing soundtrack, the unanswered plot threads, all make for a disturbing, horrifying, and unmissable film experience.
Thumbs up for Tim Roth.
Director: Tim Roth
Writers: Alexander Stuart (novel), Alexander Stuart (screenplay)
Stars: Ray Winstone, Annabelle Apsion, Kate Ashfield
Country: Italy | UK
Release Date: 29 January 1999 (USA)
Also Known As: Tim Roth’s The War Zone
Filming Locations: England, UK
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 1.28 GiB
Duration : 1 h 34 min
Overall bit rate : 1 932 kb/s