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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Joaquin Phoenix
Amy Adams
Directors
Paul Thomas Anderson
Screenwriters
Paul Thomas Anderson
Running Time
136 minutes

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Plot
After World War II, Freddie Quell (Phoenix) is discharged from the navy and finds it hard to adjust to civilian life, becoming a rootless, drunk drifter. A chance meeting with Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), leader of a new cult called The Cause, offers him an opportunity to change.


Verdict
An often brilliant ’50s-throwback character drama that never feels nostalgic, with terrific central performances and a luminous, unforgettable visual beauty.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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