A Cock and Bull Story (15)

Film

Comedy

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Time Out says

Posted: Thu Oct 20 2005

Winterbottom pulls off something of a coup with this almost-adaptation of ‘Tristram Shandy’. Rather than trying to shoehorn Sterne’s proto-post-modern novel into cinematic form, he presents an equally squirmy, self-reflexive account of a film crew’s attempt to do just that; like Shandy, ‘Cock and Bull’ spends its duration struggling to account for its own birth. Coogan plays himself playing Tristram, gamely mining his own tabloid reputation in the behind-the-scenes sequences – a conceit that makes the most of both Sterne’s and modern entertainment’s almost crippling self-awareness. As funny as it is clever, with the rivalry between Coogan and Brydon (‘Marion & Geoff’’) a particular delight.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Jan 20, 2006

Duration:

92 mins

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