BEAU­TI­FUL BOY (M) Where there is ice, there is hell freez­ing over, US, 112 min

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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. For this mas­ter­fully com­posed and exquisitely acted pro­duc­tion has a rare grasp of the ex­plo­sive im­pact an in­ex­pli­ca­bly des­per­ate need for drugs can have on a typ­i­cal user. Just as im­por­tantly, the film does not for­get about those watch­ing on help­lessly from the edge of the blast zone. 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.

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