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Joe

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Director
David Gordon Green
Country of origin and year
USA 2013
Duration
117 minutes
Certificate
Rated 15 - Contains strong violence, sex, strong language
Cast
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler.

Nicolas Cage goes back to his indie roots in this tense Southern gothic from David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Undertow, George Washington). Cage plays a Texan ex-con trying to put his violent past behind him and make an honest living clearing forests for a lumber company. He hires and becomes a father figure to a 15 year-old kid played by Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud), but when the boy's derelict father comes around looking for work, Joe's violent old self begins to re-emerge.

Cage has taken some heat over the years for his flamboyant role choices, but this beautifully pitched, tightly wound performance is among his best. For his part, Sheridan deservedly won the Best Young Actor award at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

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