Film: Boxing clever in unflinching gang bout

O’Connor’s reliance on montage brings an element of repetition to what is an otherwise fast-moving, fluidly told story

18th June, 2017
John Connors and Toni O’Rourke in Cardboard Gangsters

In the films of Martin Scorsese, his native New York City is often as much a character as any of its inhabitants. In capturing his native place with as much dismay as affection, Scorsese grounds his stories in concrete and stone. Over the course of his four features to date, independent Irish writer and director Mark O’Connor uses Dublin in a similar way; as a stage that is alive and specific, beautiful and rotten, hopeful...

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