16 Years of Alcohol (2003)
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Scottish writer and former vocalist for the punk band the Skids, Richard Jobson makes his directorial debut with 16 Years of Alcohol, the stylized psychological drama based on his own semi-autobiographical novel. Through voice-over narration and various flashback methods, troubled young man Frankie Mac (Kevin McKidd) recalls his childhood (played by Iain De Caestaecker as a boy) growing up in working-class Edinburgh. In the '50s, his father (Lewis McCloud) was a hard-drinking good-timer and his
Jan 1, 2003 Wide
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It's a carefully made movie, evocatively filmed and intelligently thought out by the director and his cast.
The freely associative, poetic tone signals this isn't going to be just another grungy British pic about young malcontents and petty crime.
Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out.
The film has a poetic pulse, its ups and downs accompanied by some smartly chosen pop songs, a seductive original score and McKidd's husky voice-over narration.
This Scottish memoir of inebriation and sobriety leans heavily on the hurt of booze and rarely on the high.
The frequent narration is a nonstop string of clichés, platitudes, and truisms that should have been flung out the cutting-room window.
The voice-over is a touch pretentious and a few scenes play like acting exercises, but the film is filled with a real sense of hopeless poignancy.
Even in its most violent moments, 16 Years Of Alcohol is suffused with visual poetry.
Actually, it's Trainspotting without the predilection for 'junk' and dead babies who crawl on the ceiling.
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