A disquieting film that shows repeatedly how awfully people can behave once they sense another’s weakness. Weakness in this world means voluntarily homeless, like mysterious runaway ,Tom (Tom Fisher), or slightly autistic, like sunny scene-stealer, Aiden (Aiden Gillen). There is a lot more to Treacle Jr than this gloomy analysis but the scenes that stick with you are urban and bloody. Ten solid minutes with Treacle Jr (the kitten pictured above) would have added a healthy dose of joy.
Like: Rain Man hits the streets of London with a reticent sidekick.
Core truth: Nobody should be alone.