Hunger

Hunger

Hunger

Those with an interest in up and coming filmmakers, or Irish history, will want to check out the debut feature from Steve McQueen (no, not that one). This highly regarded film, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for best feature from a first time director, tells the story of IRA member Bobby Sands and his attempt to stand defiant against British occupation of Northern Ireland even when confined to a prison cell. In 1981, Sands went on a hunger stuck while being kept prisoner, demanding he and fellow inmates be treated as political prisoners, not terrorists.

Winner of the Golden Camera for best debut, Cannes 2008. Discover Award winner at Toronto Film Festival 2008.
2008Rating: R16, contains nudity, content that may disturb96 minsUK, Ireland
Drama
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Variety

Variety

press

Picture represents a powerful, pertinent but not entirely perfect debut for British visual-artist-turned-feature-helmer Steve McQueen, who demonstrates a painterly touch with composition and real cinematic flair, but who stumbles in film's last furlough with trite symbolism.

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Newshub

Newshub

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This film possesses a rare and powerful beauty, and an astonishing performance from Michael Fassbender as Sands, making the committment to endure so worthwhile.

4.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

In his fearless commitment to the verité of prison life, McQueen offers a study of individual lives shorn away by institutional role-playing, observing as the gap between prisoners and guards repeatedly dissolves into ceremonial violence.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The first-time director's unflinching camera, deliberate pacing and maddeningly long takes just amplify the story's innate harshness and test audience endurance levels.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Trite, grim and feebly provocative.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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While Hunger is a very brutal film, it also taps into human emotions and, in the end, asks what would we be willing to die for or, better, what could we truly not live without?

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Anchored by Fassbender’s turn, Hunger is as much about the personal as the political. The real breakthrough, though, is McQueen, who turns in a film that dazzles and challenges in equal measure.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Picture represents a powerful, pertinent but not entirely perfect debut for British visual-artist-turned-feature-helmer Steve McQueen, who demonstrates a painterly touch with composition and real cinematic flair, but who stumbles in film's last furlough with trite symbolism.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

This film possesses a rare and powerful beauty, and an astonishing performance from Michael Fassbender as Sands, making the committment to endure so worthwhile.

4.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

In his fearless commitment to the verité of prison life, McQueen offers a study of individual lives shorn away by institutional role-playing, observing as the gap between prisoners and guards repeatedly dissolves into ceremonial violence.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The first-time director's unflinching camera, deliberate pacing and maddeningly long takes just amplify the story's innate harshness and test audience endurance levels.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Trite, grim and feebly provocative.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

While Hunger is a very brutal film, it also taps into human emotions and, in the end, asks what would we be willing to die for or, better, what could we truly not live without?

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Anchored by Fassbender’s turn, Hunger is as much about the personal as the political. The real breakthrough, though, is McQueen, who turns in a film that dazzles and challenges in equal measure.

4.0
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