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Hannah: I feel safe with you.
Joseph: Nobody's safe with me.

A 2011 British drama film written and directed by Paddy Considine, his first feature film.

It depicts an environment similar to what Considine witnessed growing up on a council estate in the Midlands, although the film is in no way autobiographical. It stars Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan, with Paul Popplewell and Sally Carman. The film's title is a metaphor, the meaning of which is revealed in the film. It was filmed in Spring 2010 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.


This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Sam's idiotic, wannabe-tough guy stepfather. It's also all-but-stated that Joseph's father was abusive to him, judging by his brief comments on him and how he views his neighbor's dog, telling it that being violent isn't the dog's fault, it's the owner.
  • The Alcoholic: Hannah copes with her bleak homelife by drinking, in a quiet subdued way that few would see clearly.
  • Anti-Hero: Joseph, who opens the film by killing his dog.
  • Asshole Victim: When you're capable of provoking a sweet, religious charity shop worker into killing you, clearly you did something wrong. And James did many things wrong to Hannah.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason Joseph went into Hannah's shop in the first place.
    Joseph: I know you asked me once about why I went in the shop but I never told you. I didn't go in there looking for God. I just went there because apart from Sam, you were the only person that smiled at me around here. And I wanted it. I wanted it to soak into me and brighten me up. I thought you were beautiful. I just wanted to look at you. That's all.
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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: James, an upstanding pillar of the community, and an abusive wife-beating sack of shit.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Hannah's in prison for killing James and Sam has been horribly mauled by his abusive stepfather's dog, but the dog is dead by Joseph's hand, sparing Sam further harm, and Joseph and Hannah are still friends. They still have someone who cares about them in each other, which is more than they had a year prior.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: Nobody can be said to be purely good in this movie.
  • Broken Bird: Hannah has been broken by years of horrific abuse at her husband's hands.
  • Dead All Along: James, after he rapes Hannah.
  • Dirty Coward: James beats and torments Hannah to soothe his own insecurities, but when a stinking drunk Hannah suddenly stands up to him for once, he backs down almost immediately.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Hannah murders her husband James, who has spent years sadistically abusing her to make himself feel better about his own inherent weakness.
  • Domestic Abuse: One of the most terrifying examples on film in form of James' treatment of Hannah.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Joe opens the film by getting deeply angry about something and kicking his dog so hard it dies the next day. He tenderly carries the dog home, hating himself for losing his temper so badly.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: When it comes to picking a title, anyway.
  • Faux Affably Evil: James, who puts on a friendly and polite facade to cover up his true colors as a Domestic Abuser.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Joe's greatest flaw.
  • Hate Sink: James is a repulsive Domestic Abuser and rapist with no redeeming qualities.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's highly debatable, but Joseph seems to be this. He's aggressive, violent and crude, but there are good aspects to him and he gradually grows protective of Hannah.
  • Kick the Dog: How the story opens, no less. Less literal examples of the trope also occur throughout the film, the most frequent source being James.
  • Killed Offscreen: James, after he finally pushes poor Hannah too far.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Nope, despite the poster and the title this movie has absolutely nothing to do with dinosaurs whatsoever.
  • The Midlands: The setting.
  • The Reveal: Hannah killed James the night he raped her.
  • The Sociopath: James, who physically abuses Hannah and even rapes her later on, all without a shed of remorse.
  • Stepford Smiler: Both Hannah and James, who are Christian pillars of the community. In reality, James beats his wife and is horrifyingly cruel to her, sending her into alcoholism.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: James uses his public image as an upstanding pillar of the community to hide his true personality.


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