Director Richard Shepard (The Matador) harkens back to his roots with a scabrously funny crime film centered around a dangerous British narcissist with a gift—if that’s the word for it—for ruining the lives of those in his immediate orbit. Upon his release from prison, Dom (Jude Law) hits the streets of London, leaving a trail of blood, bruises, and broken teeth in his wake as he treks across the city in a compulsive attempt to make up for lost time. Law so vividly fills the screen that you can almost feel the calluses on his knuckles—it’s a garrulous and winning performance. Those in his wake include: Demian Bichir (Academy Award Best Actor Nominee for A Better Life), Richard E. Grant, and, as the daughter he left behind to serve time, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones). Writer/director Shepard offers his insights on making the film in a conversation following this Film Independent at LACMA screening.
This screening is available for members of LACMA Film Club, Film Independent, and the New York Times Film Club only.