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Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)





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A writer (Cumberbatch) takes a backwards look at the life of his unlikely friend Stuart (Hardy), a homeless alcoholic who experienced a traumatic event in his childhood.


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I stumbled across this film while browsing through HBO's movie list, and I'm very glad I did. Tom Hardy gives probably one of his best performances as the funny and heartbreaking Stuart, who I was surprised I ended up caring so much about. I loved how the story went back and forth from Stuart's life to the present day, because it kept revealing more and more about a homeless person anyone wouldn't have otherwise cared for. It's a painful reminder that the homeless are still people, which is something we often forget.

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A lively and energetic biopic that is simultaneously heart-warming and heart-breaking. It's also home to two absolutely brilliant performances from Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Brandon Schmidt
Brandon Schmidt

This film is based on a true story & it stars two absolutely fantastic actors early in their careersâ" Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. It tells the story of a social worker who meets a man with mental health issues & learns about him- almost despite himself. They become friends & Stuart (the man with the mental health issues) agrees to allow the social worker to write his life storyâ"with the condition that he write it starting at the end & progressing to childhood. It's quite a sad story, but it really made me think about Stuart's lifeâ"&from there it made the plight of the mentally ill who are fending for themselves due to cuts in funding for treatment much more real. An excellent, thought provoking film.

Clare Markley
Clare Markley

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