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The Comedian (2013)

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Ed is a stand up comedian in his early thirties, he is handsome, charming, witty and lost. Trying to make it on the London comedy circuit, he spends his nights performing in small rooms above pubs and his days making ends meet at a call centre. He lives with Elisa, a beautiful French singer, the two like brother and sister, inseparable, loving and asexual. Ed funny and playful, Elisa soulful and sensitive. One day, on a night bus home, Ed meets Nathan, a young black artist, blunt, honest and free. They immediately connect and begin a passionate affair. Suddenly the intimate bond between Ed and Elisa is threatened and Ed is faced with a choice between his attraction to a man and his love for a woman. Set in the immediate and random background of today's London. thisf ilm is a fresh, dramatic and funny story about choices and how not to make them.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

For all its honesty, the film feels frustratingly incomplete, a great character in search of a story.

May 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

London-set low-budget The Comedian is baffling. The questions it poses are not flattering: How did it get made? Who on earth would want to watch it?

October 31, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

There's not enough of a story to sustain The Comedian through its frequent lulls, but its lush cinematic style suggests Shkolnik is one to watch.

June 3, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film has the whiff of reality, but lacks the imaginative shaping that gives form, meaning and a sort of transcendence to the work of John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh.

June 2, 2013 | Full Review…

There's some interesting material in this dark British drama, but it's so relentlessly grim that we are never able to connect with anyone on-screen. It doesn't help that all of the characters are pretty unlikeable.

May 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The world is reaching out to gay romance right now. But it takes a lot of reaching to like Tom Shkolnik's The Comedian, or even to understand what it is saying.

May 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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