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Telluride Film Review: 'Starred Up'
If you can't understand half of what the characters say in "Starred Up," not to worry. It's an artistic choice on the part of director David Mackenzie ("Young Adam"), who clearly sees language as secondary in this brutal full-body immersion into the British prison system. There's something primal about the way these inmates communicate, mixing their heavily accented British prison slang with bursts of spontaneous aggression. It's a harrowing place to do time, but a surprisingly effective stage for a father-son reconciliation, and though the unintelligibility issue will severely limit its reach, this powerful dysfunctional-family saga is too well-acted to go unreleased.
September 1, 2013