Filth (18)

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Drama

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Mon Sep 23 2013

There’s in-yer-face cinema, and then there’s in-yer-face, down-yer-throat and throw-it-back-up-all-over-the-pavement cinema. This punky adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel ‘Filth’ is a glossary of grimness, a dictionary of darkness. But it also dishes up humour that’s blacker than a winter’s night in the Highlands and unpolished anarchy that’s true to Welsh’s out-there, frighteningly frank prose.

Best of all, it features a possessed, full-on turn from James McAvoy that threatens to turn upside down the worldview of anyone who knows him only as Mr Tumnus the faun in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. For one thing, Tumnus never went wild on drugs in Hamburg with a straightlaced pal from a Masonic lodge.

‘Filth’ is a scabrous journey into the mind of a sociopath. It tells of Bruce (McAvoy), an Edinburgh police detective who’ll stop at nothing to climb the greasy career pole. It’s a pole lubricated with lashings of casual racism, sexism and homophobia, and the staff canteen would do better business selling booze, fags and cocaine. On the outside, Bruce is funny, raucous, one of the lads, helpful to a tee. On the inside, he’s dying, a shell of a man – abandoned by his wife and young child. Loud and frenetic, the film swerves in and out of the real and imaginary world – and the valleys of Bruce’s imagination are an uneasy place to forage for fun.

Writer-director Jon S Baird (‘Cass’) borrows from the ‘Trainspotting’ rulebook: this world is larger than life; characters flirt with caricatures; and everyone is a touch more good-looking and likeable than you’d expect. McAvoy doesn’t look quite old enough or damaged enough to play Bruce. Yet the ‘X-Men’ star more than makes up for it with his sheer, caution-to-the-wind energy. The film’s later shifts of tone from quick comedy to darker depths are smart and well-earned.

All around McAvoy are top-drawer British actors who complement the film’s scatty air: Jim Broadbent is a deranged psychiatrist; Shirley Henderson is a sex-starved housewife; and, best of all, Eddie Marsan is a mousy businessman who lets it all hang loose on a wild weekend away.

You’ll be scraping this film out from under your fingernails for weeks.

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Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Oct 4, 2013

Duration:

97 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Joanne Froggatt, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan

Director:

Jon S Baird

Screenwriter:

Jon S Baird

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Brian

The first half is hilariously funny, if gross at times with the humour. The second half is more tense and pensive, so it adds up to quite a powerful movie. Never dull, never loses attention, though. In spite of the larger than life characters there are persistent tones of reality hitting home. Vividly emotional if cathartic at times; not for the faint-hearted.

Brian

The first half is hilariously funny, if gross at times with the humour. The second half is more tense and pensive, so it adds up to quite a powerful movie. Never dull, never loses attention, though. In spite of the larger than life characters there are persistent tones of reality hitting home. Vividly emotional if cathartic at times; not for the faint-hearted.

bobiq

It's ok. Neither shocking enough to be entertaining enough or to have a message...

Harry Cross

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critique

Sleazy, vivid, laugh-out-loud funny comedy drama. McAvoy, who I often find irritating, is very good and there is fine support from a host of British character actors, including Jim Broadbent, John Sessions, Shirley Henderson and the ever-impressive Eddie Marsan.. Three and a half stars.

Juan Carlos

This is a deeply disturbing film but then so was the book, It seems to revel in the depravity, drug taking and general gutter dwelling and as such never seems to really get going. It seems at times little more than a series of short and disturbing vignettes of sleaze. Some people will love it but I found it a bit dull and also to me Mcavoy does seem too young and not world weary enough to play the role. For me a 3 star ok but not great film,

Vee

Disturbing and horribly compelling. James macavoy plays out of his skin in the main characters role. A front row seat into the downward spiral of a police detectives sanity, and his base, manipulative,bullying and downright cruelty towards his colleagues and victims as he loses his grip on reality and control of his life. The film is well titled and leaves you feeling stunned and deeply saddened as the credits roll up. Not a subject matter for the feel good factor if that's what you are looking for. But a film you can't walk out of without it praying on your mind. A masterpiece of film making/ story telling but not for the faint hearted. For anyone else - don't miss it - best film I've seen in several years despite the crippling and underlying sad theme

Vee

Disturbing and horribly compelling. James macavoy plays out of his skin in the main characters role. A front row seat into the downward spiral of a police detectives sanity, and his base, manipulative,bullying and downright cruelty towards his colleagues and victims as he loses his grip on reality and control of his life. The film is well titled and leaves you feeling stunned and deeply saddened as the credits roll up. Not a subject matter for the feel good factor if that's what you are looking for. But a film you can't walk out of without it praying on your mind. A masterpiece of film making/ story telling but not for the faint hearted. For anyone else - don't miss it - best film I've seen in several years despite the crippling and underlying sad theme