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5,026 Ratings


Directed by Steve McQueen
United Kingdom, 2008


The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It details events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death. An exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit.

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Hunger Directed by Steve McQueen

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2008 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard)

Venice Film Festival

2008 | Winner: Gucci Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

2009 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2008 | Winner: Discovery Award

What are people saying?

  • Aprilia Gunawan's rating of the film Hunger

    Mumpung demo, nonton film demo juga. I am usually not a fan of biopic, but this one blew my mind. Round of applause for Michael Fassbender. It would be much appreciated for Irish films recommendation, especially the ones depicting their history.

  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film Hunger

    **1/2 I have no clear idea how 2 watch a film like this. Each image is oppressively aestheticized, an event without subtlety, spectacle drained of nuance, humor, depth. Some moments are obviously glorious--the priest centerpiece--because McQueen allows actors room 2 simply be within the frame. Most of the time, SM bludgeons w/ technique, arthouse clich├ęs, & shallow, muted, brooding grandiloquence. It's all so boring.

  • Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film Hunger

    There are films that make you feel like amazed by how it's done. There are films that make you feel like displeased by its absurdity. There is one that made me both moved & impressed by its camerawork, Fassbender's acting, and use of dialogue. This is one of those films. Brutal & astouding debut from McQueen.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Hunger

    I was a huge fan of Shame but this was even more outstanding. Fassbender gives an outstanding physical performance and McQueen's direction and sense of visual style is gorgeous. Seriously the cinematography in this film is amazing and the (now famous) shot of Bobby and the Priest is completely riveting. All that being said this film felt extremely human. It refuses to tell it's story predictably or coldly. Moving.

  • Checkpoint Charlie's rating of the film Hunger

    Brutal it is, yes. Reminiscent of Alan Clarke's "Scum" at first but then we're drawn into an austerity I've never really experienced in prior prison films too much, as they don't emphasize or dwell on that factor very much in the face of expository plot, but this one really gets down to the deadened feel of men in cells, in their own shit and piss, in that stark, alienating ensnarement of their will and their soul.

  • Skinnedteen's rating of the film Hunger

    Beautiful cinematography! The juxtaposing scenes emphasizes life and death, social hierarchy, and the tension between different political and philosophical points especially the dialogue between Bobby and the Priest. Overall, a powerful and disturbing film.

  • Neither/Nor's rating of the film Hunger

    Two distinct modes: the first a near structuralist revelation of action and setting through repetition, difference, and modification, parallel to Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, which concludes with the introduction of Fassbender's character and the second mode: a performance-driven poetic observational mode that recalls Pialat's La Gueule Ouverte. McQueen's is a fierce, self-developing vision of cinema.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Hunger

    103 wall posts so far and none capture my opinion exactly. That in itself demonstrates the dimensionality of McQueen's vision. Some seem disappointed by the lack of politicized drama, but that would have made this too pedestrian. Instead, this is a visual poem of the human experience. Like atoms, convictions and choices collide with inexorable results. Yet even in suffering, we are unified. Harrowing and beautiful.