This movie is not for the faint of heart or silly of moods, but it is so, so worth watching. It features a little-known but brilliant performance Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands, an IRA leader who led a hunger strike in protest of prisoner conditions. That said, it’s anything but your typical biopic. In fact, it feels nothing like a biopic at all, and we don’t even meet our protagonist until well into the film. It’s one of the most beautifully shot, designed, and acted pieces of storytelling I’ve seen. Startlingly intimate, Hunger touches me far more than the McQueen-Fassbender follow-up Shame.