Nil by Mouth
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A working class British family struggles with their demons -- sometimes violently -- in this intensely emotional drama that marked the directorial debut of actor Gary Oldman. Janet (Laila Morse) is a widowed factory worker who shares her home with her aged mother Kath (Edna Dore), her daughter Valerie (Kathy Burke), her son Billy (Charlie Creed-Miles), and Valerie's husband Ray (Ray Winstone). Ray is an unstable and out-of-work alcoholic who often uses his pregnant wife as a punching bag, while Billy is a drug addict whose habit has led Janet to throw him out of the house more then once,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"There's so much authenticity and raw emotion here that most viewers will be able to excuse the fact that they don't understand any of the dialogue."
‑ Dan Fienberg, Zap2it.com
"Oldman creates an uncanny documentary feel for his fictional story that draws you in despite the misery unfurling onscreen."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"An uncompromising drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Imagine a movie where every character is played by Gary Oldman, in the drunken overacting Oldman mode. Oldman's unfocused and self-indulgent directorial debut has moments of poignancy and insight, but not enough to make it endurable."
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
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