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Better Things Review

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Living in a part of the Cotswolds awash with heroin, Rob (McIlfatrick) is an addict who has just lost his girlfriend to the drug. Getting clean is the only route to survival but the odds are stacked against Rob and his friends.

★★★★★

Bored youngsters turn to drugs in this bleak debut from artist Duane Hopkins. A Costwolds community is grieving a girl who died of an overdose. As her friends move from smoking to injecting heroin, there’s a fear that they will follow her to the grave. Meanwhile, an agoraphobic girl cares for her grandmother and an elderly couple have marital problems. There’s little hope here: few characters have the resources to escape their routine lives. The actors’ inexperience is often evident, but the poetic pace and art direction lend the drama a dreamy air. It’s a miserable film, really, but it might just get you thinking — and make you grateful for what you’ve got.

It’s a miserable film, really, but it might just get you thinking — and make you grateful for what you’ve got.