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Papillon

Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Disturbing Content, Graphic Violence, Nudity) ~ Runs 136 minutes

Dir.: Michael Noer, US/Spain

Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Tommy Flanagan

“Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek star in this harrowing and darkly inspirational film version of Henri Charrière’s acclaimed novel. They play prisoners shipped off to a remote penitentiary in 1930s French Guiana who decide to try and escape the prison’s harrowing conditions... No simple remake of the 1973 version, this film is powerfully directed by Michael Noer and offers epic dramatic adventure... This is a gorgeous film, in spite of the grim and brutal situations the main characters find themselves in the cinematography is truly beautiful. The film manages to convey an oppressive claustrophobia within the prison scenes and an almost suffocating silence during the scenes of solitary confinement, juxtaposing all of this with stunning and vast open vistas during an escape. Malek is brilliant in both real and hallucinatory form showing a huge amount of range in his portrayal of Dega and the emotional journey and growth he goes through throughout the film and Hunnam is fantastic in the role of the consistently defiant Papillon. Both the lead actors are on top form for this and the chemistry between Malek and Hunnam feels like a relationship that developed organically into the friendship we see on screen. The epic journey that our characters go through is less a physically travelled one, although they do travel from France to South America, and more of an emotional one... This film shares some DNA with the older classic prison films such as Cool Hand Luke and The Great Escape, but it does however have an updated grittiness and visceral reality to it and very much stands up on its own merits. The supporting cast of characters are all also brilliant and Michael Socha as Julot is a stand out. At 138 minute it’s not a short film but it never dragged and I was engaged throughout, this is an intense and gritty story of friendship, loyalty and brotherhood.” - Euan Tennant, Short Com



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September 16