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Another Country Reviews

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Super Reviewer
November 23, 2016
In his first film, Kanievska brings out solid performances from both Rupert Everett and Colin Firth but succeeds only fairly at creating a compelling story whose themes could have been more efficiently explored and led to a much more thought-provoking drama.
½ August 29, 2016
Don't understand much
November 13, 2015
Wonderfully acted and ambitious in its twin targets of homophobia and the English class system, this film seems aimed at leftie gays like me. None of the supposed sexiness really sizzled for me (maybe because they're all a bit young for me now, or at least they're playing characters who are), but the plot and the emotional investment of the characters had me totally enthralled.
½ October 18, 2015
Interesting film, but I think I would have rather seen the spy portion rather than his time at Eton. The actors were amazing, the story was not.
September 3, 2015
Playing like a mishmash of Kicking and Screaming and Maurice without the former's insufferable characters and the latter's glacial pace, Another Country is both consistently funny and legitimately sad, serving as an indictment of the systemic homophobia that permeated the English aristocracy of the 1930s as well as a lighthearted boarding school romance story (although it suffers from an easy narrative bookending device utilized by countless other films).
½ December 19, 2014
Intense drama about British boarding school politics with an entrancing recreation of the 1930s era. Good performances as schoolboy characters from the cast as well.
October 26, 2014
A film much more concerned about manners than men. Another Country is trapped by the ceremonies and traditions of the English public schools system, and fails to explore the relationships bound by it. Neither does it have enough about socialism to justify using Guy Burgess as basis for the main character. It seems a too literal adaptation of the play, and needs serious fleshing-out. We know little more about the characters at the end of the film than at the beginning, and the whole film degenerates into a docu-drama. Nevertheless, some solid performances.
½ July 13, 2014
The movie was a challenge to follow,
but very well done if you are looking for another gay roamance. I adore the movie! :D
September 19, 2013
Politics, sexuality, class - way too complicated at times, and very simplistic at others. Definitely worth watching just to see a very, very young Colin Firth.
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2013
Good story with good costumes and nice location. Cinematography, makeup and lighting were not up to snuff, unfortunately. Bold story for its time.
August 23, 2013
Adapted from Julian Mitchell's eponymous play, ANOTHER COUNTRY is a biographic recount of Guy Burgess' repressive campus days, which foreshadows his later defection to Russia as a spy.

Set in 1930s, in an all-male British public school, Guy (Everett) is a homosexual student with a casual and elegant bearing, his best friend is a heterosexual communist Tommy (Firth), both spurn the stiff hierarchy system of the school, from junior to prefect until the gods, the oppressive atmosphere is stifling. Triggered by a newly suicide accident owing to homosexual action, the management tier restricts any activity likewise. Guy finds himself more and more befuddled about his future and a cute peer James (Elwes) has come into his life, whom he is instantly besotted with. But with their disruptive nature, both Guy and Tommy have to pay their prices and end up as expendable pawns in the school's power struggle.

The film runs within a neat 90-minutes, starts with a writer interviews Guy in Moscow in 1980s (in my opinion it would be much better to hire a real aging actor for the role instead of using the horrible make-up on Everett), immediately the film flashbacks to Guy's youth, carefully limns how the formulaic and orthodox school life slowly erodes his belief and viewpoint of the world, but not his sexuality. Both Rupert Everett and Colin Firth are in their early twenties and their untainted countenances could only arouse a nostalgic reminiscence which luckily doesn't overshadow their excellent performances here, especially Firth, an idealistic socialist, a devoted friend, the two-hander between him and Everett gains lots of favorable impressions for the film while Elwes and Everett's touchy-feely moments looks a shade phony and effete.

Nevertheless, I give an encourage 8 out 10 for this film, director Marek Kanievska's debut, it has a killing score, mellifluous and nerve-soothing, the script is potent and caustic in supporting the film's narrative arc with a great ensemble and my sweet spot is the period backdrop, whose canon and moral leverage are stinkingly degenerate, but all its trappings are shining with their own allure to generations after and this film is a lucky beneficiary as well.
June 24, 2013
Feels like the first half of the spy thriller that's aching to break out. Still, worth seeing for fine performances by young Rupert Everett and baby Colin Firth. There's entirely too much intra-house public school politics that I can't and don't care to follow, but there's also a sensitivity and understanding of the repressive and backwards atmosphere in these bastions of "tradition" (a microcasm of 1930s backwards/repressive/imperiallist British society) that led these outsiders to defect/turn Communist spies.
October 27, 2012
½ August 31, 2012
Slow depiction of a male public school in 30's Britain with sexuality as the main theme, but loosely linking communism to the proceedings given it represents Guy Burgess' early life.
May 6, 2012
Watched this for the first time in the late 80's, and re-discovered it on Netflix this weekend. Loved it- again.
November 5, 2011
"Another Country" are rich boys who can't assimiliate into a public university or junior college becuse of their sexuality, political beliefs, and independence. Out of frustration, the main character (Guy Bennett) played well by a devlish handsome Rupert Everett flees to Russia to be a spy. Seems a fellow classmate commits suicide after found masturbating and Bennet is not elected prefect. It's based on a true story but the movie doesn't have a strong narrative, it's thematic. Viewers are left to draw out conclusions for themselves and I give the movie a low rating because it's not worthwhile.

One of the draws of the movie is watching young actors like Cary Elwes and Colin Firth. Movie is based on a stage play so has lots of dislogue but I couldn't follow much of the accents, subtitlies would help. However, it wouldn't earn more than 2 stars since nothing much happens and could be described as a boring movie which is a cardinal sin.
August 30, 2011
Guy Bennet is nearing the end of his last year at a leading English public school. His best friend Tommy Judd is a Marxist committed to Lenin's brave new world. In a school permeated by homosexuality, affairs between boys are accepted, provided discretion is practiced. Bennet breaks this unwritten rule, and the humiliating consequences establish within him a rejection of the system that ultimately excludes him.
May 28, 2011
i prefer to read history book instead...
Super Reviewer
May 4, 2011
Another Country is always trying to be far more complex than it actually is. Fusing together themes of homosexuality, Communism, and the system of prefects in British boarding schools in the 1930's, it becomes a haphazard maze of inconsistencies and irritating subtext. Rupert Everett, the only shining light of the entire film, is only sparingly announced as gay amongst his peers, most of whom are so desperate for companionship that they have secret trysts with members of their classes. (Other notable roles go to very young Colin Firth and Cary Elwes.) With his usual suave flair and youthful grandeur, Everett is just sly enough not to outright confess throughout the plot that his sexuality is based on himself and not his situation. The prefect system on the other hand is both an annoying subplot, and supposedly overbearing presence in the lives of the schoolmates. Besides being terribly boring and longwinded, the absence of fear was evident on the screen. It didn't help that the score was yet another unpleasant 80's concoction, or that the wardrobe was peculiar for the time period.
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