USA | 2021 | 111’ | 15 | Paul Schrader
Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan
In casinos across America William “Tell” Tillich, a professional gambler, calculates each hand in order to win just enough to get by. Haunted by the ghosts of his past as an ex-military interrogator, he comes across a vulnerable and angry young man, Cirk, who is seeking help to execute his revenge on a military colonel. Led by Oscar Isaac's gripping performance, this film adds another weighty chapter to Paul Schrader's long inquiry into man's moral responsibility and toxic masculinity that so eloquently was played out in Taxi Driver, American Gigolo and First Reformed.
“Schrader has carpentered a strong and vehement film, hypnotically watchable and squalid with nightmarish flashbacks and a typically apocalyptic ending that grows plausibly enough out of what has gone before. There’s a horrible, queasy urgency to this high-stakes game.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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