After the accidental death of his heroin-addicted mother, 17 year-old 'J' (Frecheville) goes to live with his grandmother, 'Smurf' Cody (Weaver), and her criminal sons, Craig (Stapleton) and Darren (Ford). The sudden arrival of their fugitive older brother, Pope (Mendelsohn), gets the attention of the local cops, kick-starting a turf war that sees J forced to fight for his survival.
A dark rites-of-passage story meets lethal Shakespearean drama, with low-key performances that artfully get under the skin.
Reviewed by Damon Wise
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