Benedict Cumberbatch Shines in the Dark and Twisted World of Patrick Melrose

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Benedict Cumberbatch Shines in the Dark and Twisted World of Patrick Melrose

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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ow far do parents go to instil immutable discipline and undying obedience in their children? Will they stop at beatings? Negligence? Sexual abuse?

“Cruelty is the opposite of love, not some inarticulate expression of it,” says Benedict Cumberbatch in his career-best performance as Patrick Melrose while sipping on a chilly martini, when a character suggests that perhaps his father simply didn’t know how to express his love for him

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