When Benji Carver hit Sundance for us earlier this year, he fell in love with Knuckle, saying it’s “a film that shares bloody punches and sardonic wit as we see various brothers and cousins fight each other the back-roads of Ireland. It plays out like a true rough and tumble version of Michael Apted’s Up series.”

If I weren’t already sold on it, this trailer would do the trick. Of course, it has more up its sleeveless shirt than just violence. Director Ian Palmer promises that there will be blood, but there will also be a socially fascinating look at family, status, and honor.

Check out the trailer for yourself:

Freeze-framing on that kid’s joyous face is both disturbing and poetic. Genius.

Knuckle is playing Fantastic Fest, and with any luck, make its way into a theater near you with the quickness.

Would you go see it?

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