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While not a standalone hit, it was a nice, very realistic little drama about youth in dreary old London with an excellent performance from Thomas Thurgoose. The black-and-white visuals maybe a bit of a detractor for a film like this (a la New Wave) but it helps render its indie film quality about it.
Beautifully shot. Beautifully acted.
the fine partnership of Meadows and Turgoose continues apace with this nice short film about Turgoose arrives in London and makes friends with a polish guy who likes taking photos. They then both fall in love with the same woman in the cafe. Short and sweet this film.
For me more underwhelming than Meadows other films, it's "point" and plot more vague and as a result less rewarding, though it's undenialbly engaging and offers a sense of warmth and hope as it draws on. Genuine laughs as well.
its a small little jewel.
Well this was extremely lovely ! Although not for everyone :)
We aren't given much insights into the backgrounds of these characters or the situations they are in, we are only shown where they are now and how they stave off the hardships of life with their friendship and imagination. Meadow's drama comedy is suitably short, gentle and endearing.
A lean view of innocent friendship.
Originally started as a short film financed by Eurostar as a promotional vehicle for travel, ended up being a semi-long film barely including the Eurostar train. But even with the Eurostar being only a 'cameo' for the beginning and end, it still makes an impact enough as a very long commercial. Don't think that this is just one long commercial though. It's still a black and white film about a kid from the Midlands who runs away to London, and meets a Polish kid who loves photography. The two kids, being slight outcasts and no clear direction in life, they are the main focus and the weight of their relationship carries the film, and it is actually quite light. They are not well defined. Even with their backstories told, there are a lot of empty holes. And somehow, it's a perfectly good balance between characters that you know too much, and not enough. Brilliant. It's no wonder Shane Meadows is one of my favorite directors.
Decent but not up to Shane Meadows usually high standard.