Living ‘off the grid’ and as self-sufficiently as possible, the Cash’s offbeat way of life is tested when they return to civilisation for a family emergency.

Embracing natural light and lens flares, the direction is subtle but accomplished. By utilising the twinkly melancholic sounds of Sigur Ros and poignant moments of silence, Captain Fantastic tugs on the heart-strings.

With his extreme world views, Mortensen’s character is flawed but sympathetic. The child actors are a delight; book-wise but not socially savvy their characters are complex.

Making you laugh, cry and think, Captain Fantastic is a little film that intelligently handles large ideas.

9 out of 10 movie rating