Somers Town


Somers Town (2009)


Critic 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 (18)

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

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.
Cynthia S.

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A much anticipated film for me and yet another great performance from Thomas Turgoose, who proves yet again his natural acting abilities. The story is kind of slow moving, but has the harsh reality we?ve all come to know as Shane Meadows trademark, not quite ?Dead Man?s Shoes? or ?This is England? yet a storyline which draws you in and focuses on the friendship of two boys drawn together by each of their own lonely circumstances.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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Short, sweet and simple. Meadows does the intelligent thing of actually dialing it down a notch after This is England. It's a brief view of two very different boys that start a unique friendship. The film makes enough comments on life in England. It also works as a bridge between immigrants and natives. A London set Stand By Me with affecting emotional performances and enough comedy to keep it light and fresh.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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Minor work which reflects its origins as a short film. Has all Meadow's trademark warmth and humour but lacks the grit.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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