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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Jennifer Lawrence
Mel Gibson
Jodie Foster
Anton Yelchin
Zachary Booth
Cherry Jones
Riley Thomas Stewart
Directors
Jodie Foster
Screenwriters
Kyle Killen
Running Time
91 mins. minutes

The Beaver
Cockney self-help puppets save lives


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The Beaver

Plot
Businessman Walter Black (Gibson) is clinically depressed and ready to end it all. But when a ratty puppet ends up on his hand, it takes over his life and begins to turn his fortunes around.


Verdict
Don’t expect the puppet to wisecrack — there’s more pain here than in The Passion Of The Christ. It never quite comes together in a satisfying way, but it’s still a brave, strange, brain-stirring piece of filmmaking.


Reviewed by William Thomas

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