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David Gordon Green United States, 2013

J. O.'s rating of the film Joe

A sombre backwoods tale of a young boy finding protection from his abusive household with an ex-con on his last chance. Beware of internet snobbery - this film was brooding, unsettling, and beautiful, and sad. The performances were honest and heartbreaking, with Cage proving he's just in need of good stories and good direction. Similar to Jeff Nichol's Mud, but grittier and more simplistic. A worthwhile viewing.