Shane Meadows has over twenty years telling the misadventures of the marginal areas of its memory british personal, but also creating amazing stories horror pure, as the masterful ‘Dead Man’s Shoes‘, documentary at the service of bands as legendary as The Stone Roses or creating miniseries continuistas of his works more charismatic. After four years without news, he returns with ‘The Virtues‘, his great work of maturity.
With the Grand Prize of the Festival and Award for Best Actor in the last edition of Series Mania, the new creation of the authors of ‘This is England‘, Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne, is a heartbreaking, dark and very complex story of love and redemption that make ‘The Virtues’ a master work and the title private with the director. Almost an exorcism.
All the essence Meadows is here condensed in a thrilling four episodes. In three and a half hours, the director and screenwriter of trust put in tray the best interpretation of the career of Stephen Graham and Niamh Algar. Both is brimming with pain and naturalness, and carry on their shoulders a horrible story where, like the tiles of the houses dark past that they have been neglected, nor left, nor a heart that is not cracked.
If something works the way it does the new mini-series of Meadows is because it is real. to Fucking real, that would say any of their characters. “I had a syndrome of repressed memory about something that happened to me when I was a child of nine years,” says Meadows. “Not what I discovered until I was 40 years old and I went to see a psychologist. It is powerful to realize that, in childhood, things can happen so traumatic you block them completely. Initially, my response was to hit someone hard in the jaw, but he had this another output to do something more cathartic“.
there has Always been a lot of autobiographical in the work of Meadows, but in the case of ‘The Virtues’, it is a work much more personal. Joseph, the protagonist who embodies so superb, superlative, Stephen Graham, the director: a man shattered by a heart-wrenching trauma of the past who returns to his hometown to try to put his life in order.
A true history
in order To put in place those memories erased, PJ Harvey brings music and a powerful main theme, while Nick Gillespie, a veteran of the cameras uk, photography with realism, the raw story. Gillespie, assistant of camera in the cinema of Ben Wheatley, or the recent ‘The Fat and the Skinny’) done a working organic by providing an approach that is somewhat usual: “Had used a typical video camera of Panasonic when I was a child, so when Shane came to the set with a I didn’t have any fear of using it”.
All of that freedom spreads through the environment and among a cast full of characters with secrets and half-truths, iran cooking pressure all the outstanding issues of each one.
Without necessarily being a thriller, Meadows knows how to give that rhythm to his work, so emotions will increase, along with the interest, achieving an unsuspected climax very different from that assumed in their first and painful episode.
‘The Virtues’ is a horror story, family, forgiveness, and pain very bold and stark. Your committed autobiographical and post-traumatic causes us to rethink a career already intimate. is A masterpiece directly on the chin that comes to mind as one of the great achievers of the television season.
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The news ‘The Virtues’, Shane Meadows signature a masterful story about forgiveness and family as direct as a punch in the stomach was originally published in Espinof by Kiko Vega .
June 20, 2019
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