Mister John

Mister John
Ireland, United Kingdom, Singapore, 2013
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Dir.: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
Prod.: David Collins, Fran Borgia, Joe Lawlor
Scr.: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
Phot.: Ole Bratt Birkeland
Ed.: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Music: Stephen McKeon
Cast: Aidan Gillen, Zoe Tay, Michael Thomas, Claire Keelan
Distributor: Visit Films
Colour
95 mins.

Gillen is Gerry, an Irishman en route to Singapore after a tragedy revealed in the first shot: the camera drifts over a lake to reveal the drowned body of a man floating face down. This is Gerry’s brother John, the owner of a hostess bar, and the circumstances of his death are unclear. They remain so. The film imparts information at its own steady pace: something troubling has happened in London between Gerry and his wife, too, but we’re not wholly clear what until a dream sequence towards the final third. When John’s Singaporean widow Kim takes Gerry into her trust, and he sets about trying to recover a debt from an arrogantly abusive German client, parallels start to emerge with Ryan Gosling’s bust-ups in Only God Forgives. That film was a slow-motion orgy of extreme violence, whereas this one's subtly implosive, with just a few well-placed shocks.

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