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Johnny Mad Dog

Tue 8 December 2009 // 20:00 *
Wed 9 December 2009 // 20:00
Thu 10 December 2009 // 20:00

(Tue 8th - Thu 10th / 8pm / £4/3/2 TTT)
(Jean-Stephane Sauvaire / 2008 / 97 minutes / France / cert 15)

A brutal and bold acclaimed film by Sauvaire. The action is set specifically in 2003 during the dying weeks of the civil war in Liberia. Charles Taylor's government is on the verge of collapsing and the rebels are advancing on the capital, Monrovia. The story focuses on two teenagers – Johnny Mad Dog, (Christophe Minie) commander of the unit of child soldiers seen at the start of the film and Laokole (Daisy Victoria Vandy) a teenage girl fleeing to the relative safety of the city with her younger brother and crippled father. Their paths cross on several occasions, but their first meeting sparks an unexplained act of compassion from Johnny.

As the film progresses, it becomes apparent that he is desperate to break from the cycle of violence to which fate has condemned him and his ‘men’. But even when the rebels take the city and find they now have to run a country rather than destroy it, this looks increasingly unlikely...