Maxine Peake gives a formidable performance as an aspiring female comedian standing up to a violent husband and the sexist Northern England club circuit. If you think that modern comedy is still lacking in gender equality, then this tough, streetwise British film shows that it's also made giant strides since the in-your-face chauvinism of working men's clubs in decades past. And yet, ill-treatment by men is something our eponymous heroine is grimly used to, from childhood beatings to an abusive husband. More a film about the power of laughter and how to transform pain into humour than a straight-up comedy, Funny Cow is a fitting showcase for Peake. So often dazzling on stage and television, she's hilarious and heart-breaking here.
"a tough, passionate and compassionate account of survival at all costs" - TIMES UK
"the gift of Funny Cow herself is her refusal to conform, the same goes for her story. And it's Peake who brings the thing alive" - FINANCIAL TIMES
"a hypnotically belligerent performance from [Maxine] Peake" - GUARDIAN
"one of the best British features of the year so far: an abrasive, tender and continually surprising affair whose comic moments sit next to scenes of irredeemable bleakness" - INDEPENDENT UK
Cast: Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Maxine Peake
Director: Adrian Shergold
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