Hungry Joe tells the story of a new mother who watches in horror as her only son grows from a quiet, apathetic child into a gluttonous monster. Born with an insatiable appetite that grows more extreme as he hits puberty, the child has a pathological need to consume an inhuman amount of food but, remarkably, never gains weight. As a struggling single mother, the cost of his care soon brings her to crisis point. She’s crushed by her own disgust and lack of maternal love towards the boy – with his dead - eyed demeanour and the ever - present foul odour that follows him everywhere – impervious to cleanliness. She’s greeted with scepticism by doctors – who tell her that he’s a perfectly healthy growing boy - and regarded with cold suspicion by social workers who s cald her for his apparent malnourishmen tnd poor hygiene. As he reaches manhood and is free to roam the streets alone, he turns to ever more depraved means of satisfying his growing gluttony. Rubbish, refuse and even small animals are all fair game as he becomes increasingly detached from society - a reclusive neighbourhood bogeyman that strikes terror into the hearts of the local children. The horrific story climaxes with an act of pure barbarism as his mother is forced to make an inhumane choice between the life of her cannibalistic boy and the last shreds of her own dwindling sanity.
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The film had its world premiere on 1 September 2006 at the Venice Film Festival. Winner of three Golden Calves, Black Book won the most awards at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006.
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'Seven years after he disappeared with the whimper that was Hollow Man, Paul Verhoeven has returned with what may be his best film.' Stop Smiling
'The handsomely mounted, heedlessly pulpy modernist World War II thriller that "The Good German" and "Valkyrie" failed to be - a dizzying rush of daring rescues, sexual intrigue, treachery, betrayal, gunfights, hasty conclusions and harrowing consequences.' The Film Yap
Austin Film Critics Association 2007 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Capri, Hollywood 2007 Winner of the Capri Cult Award
Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2007 Winner of the Diamond Film
Nederlands Film Festival 2006 Winner of the Golden Calf for Best Film, Best Actress and Best Director of a Feature Film
Venice Film Festival 2006 Winner of the Young Cinema Award for Best International Film
AwardsBritish Horror Film Festival, UK 2013, winner of best feature film London Independent Film Festival 2013, best scifi/horror film, and best budget film
Critic Reviews'A darkly cynical and uncompromising gem.' Film 4 'Best to savour The Grifters for its handsome design -- the picture looks as clean as a Hockney landscape -- and its juicy performances.' TIME Magazine 'A slick and stylish neo-noir crime drama featuring three exceptional performances.' BackSeat Mafia
AwardsBoston Society of Film Critics Awards Winner BSFC Award for Best Actress Edgar Allan Poe Awards Winner Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Film Independent Spirit Awards Winner of theIndependent Spirit Award for Best Feature and Best Female Lead London Critics Circle Film Awards Winner ALFS Award Newcomer of the Year National Board of Review, USA Winner NBR Award for Top Ten Films
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New Hampshire Film Festival 2015 Winner of the Audience Choice Award
Woodstock Film Festival 2015 Winner of the James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Narrative and Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature