Half Nelson

Half Nelson
  • 2006
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ryan Fleck
  • Written by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps, Anthony Mackie
  • Website: www.halfnelsonthefilm.com

An absorbing character study from debut writer-director Fleck, which skilfully avoids melodramatic clichés about inspirational pedagogues and inner-city violence. Gosling excels as the drug-addicted, politically disillusioned teacher in a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood, who befriends a 13-year-old African-American female pupil, impressively played by newcomer Epps. A film that's refreshingly unafraid of depicting uncertainty and ambivalence.

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