Alpha Male (15)

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Time Out says

Mon Aug 7 2006

Jim Ferris (Danny Huston) is an affable packaging tycoon whose sudden demise strands his doting wife (Jennifer Ehle) and two children in a purgatory of loneliness and suffering. ‘Alpha Male’ then assesses the willingness of each character to accept his or her new role within the family. It’s a well-intentioned, Bergmanesque drama about paternal anxieties amongst the nouveaux riches, and contains some fine performances and an articulate script. The tone is perhaps a little too frivolous to supply the film with any kind of lasting emotional depth, but there are some delightful moments, such as Mark Heap’s comic cameo as a bashful gardener with a penchant for relieving himself on the grounds of the family mansion, and Tariq Anwar’s editing conveys a pervasive air of melancholy. But the modern- day setting is totally out of sync with writer-director Dan Wilde’s distinctly old-fashioned views on male totemism in the modern family unit, and overall, the film feels  too thin to warrant a cinematic release. 
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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Aug 11, 2006

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Jennifer Ehle, Mark Wells, Patrick Baladi, Trudie Styler, Danny Huston, Amelia Warner

Screenwriter:

Dan Wilde

Music:

Stephen Warbeck

Director:

Dan Wilde

Producer:

David Bergstein, Damian Jones, Trudie Styler

Production Designer:

Cristina Casali

Cinematography:

Shane Daly

Editor:

Tariq Anwar

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