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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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.
Somers Town is a small-scale jewel that will surprise you with its buoyant look at blighted lives.
Somers Town is a funny and endearing character comedy whose extra-brief, 70-minute running time proves perfectly adequate for its slender, episodic story.
However thin, the story of these rootless youths, estranged from mothers and native cities, has a certain universality and appeal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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