Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) Reviews
Jamie Bell gives a fantastic performance in the title role, a troubled teen grieving the death of his mother, with seemingly endless Oedipal feelings towards her and any substitute for her he can find. He is a loner who sleeps in his tree house, and is a peeping tom on just about everyone, including his own Father and step-mother.
In a sort of twisted fairytale he flees to Edinburgh where he scurries over rooftops, camps into lofty bell-towers and scuttles through the subterranean passages of a hotel kitchen, all the while observing/stalking a woman he thinks looks like his beloved mother. Edinburgh looks fantastically gothic in all this too.
Hallam Foe is creepy, yet desperately damaged and vulnerable. He can turn on the charm when he wants to, and Jamie Bell carries the film terrifically. Sophia Myles is also very good as the object of his desires, and there are nice cameos from Ewen Bremner and Maurice Roeves as his guides and mentors in the hotel staff.
The subject matter may be macabre, but there's humour throughout as well as genuine pathos, intimacy and at least some redemption. Recommended.
High notes -
Dr - David Mackenzie
Ac - Jamie Bell
Kate Breck: Sometimes I want sweet. Sometimes I want sour. Sometimes I don't know what I want. My shit stinks. I'm going to die one day.
Oldest Kitchen Porter: I killed a man once. Smashed his skull on a pier. Just so ya know.
Hallam Foe: Look, you're very attractive but I'm very politically committed to the gay cause.
There he sees a girl, Kate who looks exactly like his mother did. He becomes infatuated with her and asks her for work in the kitchen of the hotel she works at. What follows is an interesting forming of a relationship which is both odd and sweet.