BEAUTIFUL BOY (M) Where there is ice, there is hell freezing over, US, 112 min
This emotionally raw, rigourously authentic take on one young man’s long descent into drug addiction is an ordeal you may not be inclined to put yourself through. In this case, however, you really should take the plunge. This is the true story of Nic Sheff (Timothee Chalamet), a promising student whose tentative dabbles with light drugs eventually morph into a heavy addiction to ice. Perpetually floating in the deep, dark spaces between recovery and relapse, the lifelines cast out by his desperate father David (Steve Carell) become harder to hold on to for long. A must-see for anyone trying to make sense of what an addiction is doing to their loved ones, or looking to make peace with what an addiction has already done.