The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - CINEMA - DC

Di­rected by Leonard Abra­ham­son. Star­ring Domh­nall Glee­son, Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal, Scoot McNairy, Michael Fass­ben­der, Tess Harper

De­light­fully odd, ul­ti­mately mov­ing comic drama con­cern­ing a young man’s in­volve­ment with an ec­cen­tric mu­si­cian who wears a gi­ant false head at all times. Very loosely in­spired by the life of the late Chris Sievey, Man­cu­nian cre­ator of Frank Sidebottom, the pic­ture does good work at dis­man­tling the dan­ger­ous no­tion of the holy fool. Glee­son is su­perb as the au­di­ence’s eyes and ears. Fass­ben­der excels as the ti­tle char­ac­ter. An­other gem from the di­rec­tor of What Richard Did. 15A cert, IFI/Light House, Dublin; Eye, Galway; Gai­ety, Sligo, 95 min

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