Somers Town


Somers Town

Critics Consensus

Shane Meadows hits the spot with this short but sweet slice of good natured comedy, surprisingly, as it's essentially an extended black & white advert for a train station.



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Dead Man's Shoes and This Is England director Shane Meadows takes the helm for this monochromatic childhood drama concerning two young friends living in London, and their efforts not to turn out like their aimless fathers. Tomo has just turned 16, and as a result he's no longer under parental care. Eager to escape the Midlands and seek out a better life in London, Tomo sets out for the big city and strikes up a friendship with Polish immigrant Marek while traversing the streets of Somers Town. Marek is a quiet and sensitive boy who harbors a growing interest in photography and still lives with his father. But Marek's father is a hopeless drunk, and doesn't even notice when his son invites Tomo to share their apartment. Most days, Tomo and Marek are content to pass earning some quick cash from an eccentric neighbor, wandering the streets, and admiring a pretty French waitress named Maria who works at a nearby café. Eventually, the two become obsessed with the girl and begin tracking her every move. But one day Maria simply vanishes, leaving the boys to feel as if they have lost their muse. Later that night, Tomo and Marek decide to dull their pain by sharing a bottle. Of course, it's this very same night that Marek's father discovers his son has taken in a new roommate, and Tomo is swiftly evicted. As a result, the growing bond between the two boys is put to the ultimate test. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Somers Town

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (19)

  • Turgoose continues to convince as a kid whose personality wavers daily if not hourly, while Jagiello playfully suggests that Marek is becoming the perfect straight man.

    Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Somers Town is a small-scale jewel that will surprise you with its buoyant look at blighted lives.

    Aug 28, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Somers Town is a funny and endearing character comedy whose extra-brief, 70-minute running time proves perfectly adequate for its slender, episodic story.

    Aug 7, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • However thin, the story of these rootless youths, estranged from mothers and native cities, has a certain universality and appeal.

    Jul 30, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • A small but important film about small but important lives, the latest drama from Shane Meadows further confirms that more people should know about this gifted director.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is proof that there are all sorts of teenage lives going on in Britain, and sometimes, their most magical moments take place on dead-end streets.

    Jul 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Somers Town

  • May 17, 2012
    Unique and beautiful cinematography. It gave the film a weird yet cool feel to it. What I noticed right away was that this film shined in its writing department. This featured great character development. I got to know a lot about the characters and their motives. It did struck me as awkward as to how close these two boys became friends so fast and even shared something that most men don't share. If you don't know what I'm talking about you have to see it for yourself. Their dialogue contributed to their development so much I had trouble keeping up. As for the plot it was okay. It could have been better, all they had to do was extend the running time. The direction could have been better. It lacked in camera work but it wasn't to much of a bummer. The production values where good. It was a good idea to have the last scene in color and make it look like it was filmed using a camcorder. If you're into film festival worthy films then this one is for you.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2010
    In "Somers Town," teenaged Tomo(Thomas Turgoose) is having a hard time in London, having just run away from his native Nottingham. Soon after his arrival, he is beaten up and robbed of all his belongings. Marek(Piotr Jagiello) is also new to London from Poland, along with his father(Ireneusz Czop), a railway worker. In order to blend in better, he has been given a counterfeit Arsenal T-shirt from Graham(Perry Benson) for services rendered to cover up the Manchester United one he was wearing. Marek still stands out enough with his photos of Maria(Elisa Lasowski), a French waitress, to catch Tomo's attention in a cafe. While so light and insubstantial that it is almost instantly forgettable, "Somers Town" does manage to convey some serious thoughts about the difficulties of adjusting to a new life in the big city. Tomo has a tough time of it because he is alone(He knows Jane(Kate Dickie), who is old enough to be his mother, but if she is a relation, wouldn't she call his parents?). On the other hand, Marek and his father do not even have English as a first language, alhtough they are quick learners from unusual sources, but they have each other at least, even as homesickness might take hold from time to time.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2010
    Well..this is a fine example of a really nice little film that I'm not sure why I liked. But I did. Alot. I thought that the antics of these two boys were really entertaining. I like the whole feel of the movie, soundtrack and all.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2010
    Another great film from Shayne Meadows (This is England). It tells a story of an unlikely friendship formed by two guys, one who is running from his home in Nottingham, to London and the other who, originally from Poland, lives in a flat with his dad. They get up to the usual things kids get up to but they bond over their shared love for a girl. The film is only just over an hour in length but it is still captivating (especially seeing as it is filmed in black and white) and it is nice to see other members of This is England in other roles. This is a good film whether you know who Shayne Meadows is or not.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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