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Hector Review

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★★★★★

A road movie of uncertain destinations — its hero, Hector (Peter Mullan), is a nomad of the service station, who decides, on a whim, to reconnect with his estranged sister. How he became homeless remains a mystery, until he hobbles into a West London shelter and past tragedies sharpen into focus. Director Jake Gavin’s agenda is simple: to humanise the urban ghosts we pass every day on the streets. Gavin, a landscape photographer, excels in close-up here: the terrain is Mullan’s face, every crag and wrinkle suggesting an unspoken story. Mullan’s exceptional, the film warm, unfussy and moving.