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Beats

A jaunty, rollicking ride, this black-and-white film follows two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994. Jonno (Cristian Ortega) is a moody but quiet adolescent, struggling to come to terms with an impending move to a better neighborhood, as well as the presence of his mother’s new cop boyfriend. Spanner (Lorn MacDonald) lives with his brother, Fido, in a violent, barely-held-together household. The two are best friends, unlikely but inseparable, and as they grapple with their increasingly divergent lives, they decide to go to an illegal rave for one last night of fun. Touching on themes of deindustrialization and disillusionment, director Brian Welsh carefully constructs this gritty portrayal of a northern Scottish town in the early 1990s.

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