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16 Years of Alcohol (2003)

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This film explores one man's battle against the social and psychological ravages of alcoholism. As a child, Frank is confronted with two pathways in life, relating back to his ambivalent feelings for his father. Faced with this swaggering man, a womanizer and a drinker, Frank is torn between rejection and unconscious imitation. From then on, he continually vacillates between a desire for self-control and stability, and giving in to hatred and mistrust, a legacy of his painful experience of betrayal. His first precocious glass of alcohol drags him in this dangerous direction, which continues throughout his adulthood.

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Cast

Kevin Mckidd
as Frankie
Jim Carter
as Director
Elaine C. Smith
as AA Meeting Woman
Marcia Rose
as Female Actor
Lewis Macleod
as Frankie's Father
Lisa May Cooper
as Frankie's Mother
Gerald Lepkowski
as Male Actor
Iain De Caestaecker
as Frankie as a Boy
Kate Robbins
as Fighting Couple Woman
Jim Cunningham
as Fighting Couple Man
Allison McKenzie
as Dad's Lover
Naoufal Ousellam
as Rival Gang Boy
Nabi Stuart
as Rival Gang Boy
Colvin Cruickshank
as Record Shop Assistant
Louise Irwin
as Brewery Woman
Pauline Goldsmith
as Brewery Woman
Carole O'Brien
as Clothes Shop Assistant
David Gallagher
as Art Critic
Anne Downie
as Art Critic's Friend
John Yule
as Referee
Anthony Strachan
as Parent's Friend
Jenny Hogarth
as Helen's Friend
Callum J. Stewart
as Gang Member
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Critic Reviews for 16 Years of Alcohol

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

Eventually the movie drowns in words.

April 29, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a carefully made movie, evocatively filmed and intelligently thought out by the director and his cast.

April 21, 2005 | Rating: B

The freely associative, poetic tone signals this isn't going to be just another grungy British pic about young malcontents and petty crime.

March 18, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out.

March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

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.

March 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

This Scottish memoir of inebriation and sobriety leans heavily on the hurt of booze and rarely on the high.

March 17, 2005 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 16 Years of Alcohol

[font=Century Gothic]Portentously narrated, "16 Years of Alcohol" is a thinly plotted movie about Frankie(Kevin McKidd), a young man who is part of a gang of four thugs who spend most of their waking hours roaming the streets and bars. Frankie is a one-dimensional character whose single distinctive quality is his explosive anger but no particular cause is ever given for this.(He grew up in a dysfunctional home but the situation was not abusive.) No political or socio-economic factors are even mentioned. In the end, this movie just seems like an inferior knock-off of "A Clockwork Orange" which it references via a movie poster.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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