Metroland (1999)



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An unexpected visit causes a man to wonder what path he should have taken in life in this drama. In 1977, Chris (Christian Bale) and Marion (Emily Watson) are a staid married couple living in a working-class community near the outskirts of London, where the Metro tube line dead-ends. While Marion is reasonably happy, Chris is bored and restless, and he often daydreams about how his life could have been different. Chris and Marion first met in Paris in 1968, when revolution was in the air and they were both footloose bohemians exploring the world. Chris was briefly in love with Annick (Elsa Zylberstein), a wild, beautiful, and high-spirited young woman, but he married Marion instead, and he frequently wonders if he made the right choice. One day, Chris receives a telephone call from his old buddy Toni (Lee Ross), who was his best friend back in his days in Paris. While Chris has joined the working class, Toni is still following his muse around the world, drifting through Europe, America, Africa, or anywhere else the breeze takes him. Toni is visiting England and invites Chris to leave Marion behind and join him in his travels. Already in an unsure state of mind, Chris finds himself calling practically every aspect of his life into question -- he even wonders if Marion might be attracted to Toni, whom she's never cared for. Metroland was adapted by Adrian Hodges from the novel by Julian Barnes.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Comedy , Drama
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Emily Watson
as Marion
Lee Ross
as Toni
as Henri
Ifan Meredith
as Mickey
Amanda Ryan
as Joanna
John Wood
as Retired Commuter
Bill Thomas
as Commuter
Claire Wilkie
as Girl at School Dance
Boris Terrel
as Jacques
Lucy Speed
as Punk Girl
Del Bartle
as One of The Subverts
Gareth Batson
as One of The Subverts
Danny De Matos
as One of The Subverts
Brad Waissman
as One of The Subverts
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Critic Reviews for Metroland

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)


November 20, 2007

For all the nudity and sexual content, Philip Saville's unoriginal and predictable film is, at its core, no different from one you'd find premiering on network television.

Full Review… | January 1, 2007

A moving film about the compromises of adulthood, but perhaps a little too earnest.

April 21, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A deft morality tale about the engines of sexual desire and jealousy.

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

With terrific performances from Bale and Watson, the film is memorable and unique instead of plain and watchable.

Full Review… | April 28, 2001
Matinee Magazine

An affectionate but barbed tale about a pair of suburban-bred Englishmen

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Metroland

Good film, good writing and performances by Christian Bale and Emily Watson.

Chosen 718
Chosen 718

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An interesting movie with an interesting view on modern western culture. Its a bit like an unfunny version of "You Me and Dupree", it has the same structure of a wild friend lifting the curtain of the suburb lifestyle

Nelson Pickens
Nelson Pickens

Super Reviewer

A really well done movie with strong performances and visual style. Christian Bale played a great angsty working man looking back on his past. Emily Watson also did a nice job playing such a sweet, yet controlling wife.

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Conner Rainwater

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