Gone Baby Gone
Directed by Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck’s strikingly assured directorial debut feature based on Dennis Lehane’s unsettling novel is set in his hometown of Boston. Two young private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) are hired to investigate the kidnapping of four-year old Amanda McCready. As they are pulled deeper into the world of dealers, gangs and child molesters, they eventually unearth the answer to Amanda’s disappearance, presenting them with an untenable moral dilemma. A film of enormous power and gritty realism, with an Oscar nominated performance by Amy Ryan as Amanda’s derelict mother.