Hallam Foe (18)

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Romance

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Time Out says

Fri Aug 24 2007

Who or what is Hallam Foe, you ask? Hallam, dear filmgoer, is a young chap, played by that kid from ‘Billy Elliot’, who we are supposed to find charming and likeable and sympathetic and quirky (cue David Shrigley’s opening credits and a soundtrack of Scottish indie-folk), even though he’s an unfathomable, slippery little sod whose character it’s easy to enjoy episodically but, ultimately, nigh on impossible to believe. For his fourth film after ‘The Last Great Wilderness’, ‘Young Adam’ and ‘Asylum’, Mackenzie has once again plumped for an adaptation, this time of Peter Jinks’ novel, and the dark side of sexual psychology. Oedipus wrecks, said Woody Allen; Oedipus sustains, says Mackenzie.

Hallam (Jamie Bell) is reeling over his mother’s death – apparently suicide – by spending a lot of time pretending to be a badger in the garden of his wealthy father’s (Ciarán Hinds) estate. He’s sure that his dad’s new woman, Verity (Claire Forlani) is behind his mother’s death, but still he has sex with her when she rubs his crotch. Perhaps wisely, Hallam escapes to Edinburgh, where he smiles more, lands a job in a hotel and has a romance with the hotel’s cute manager, Kate (Sophia Myles). Yet weirdness persists and he fills his evenings by clambering over rooftops and spying on women through windows.In a committed but unconvincing performance, Bell gives us creepy Hallam, feral Hallam, lucid Hallam, romantic Hallam, screwed-up Hallam and carefree Hallam. Each incarnation is a new chapter – only from entirely different books. Complex characters are desirable, but Hallam doesn’t add up. As a study of grief, this is silly and nonsensical. Taken less seriously, Mackenzie delivers a light dance over heavy issues, and the romance works – but how flippantly can we take death, grief and suicide?

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Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Aug 31, 2007

Cast and crew

Director:

David Mackenzie

Art Director:

Caroline Grebbell

Production Designer:

Tom Sayer

Editor:

Colin Monie

Cinematography:

Giles Nuttgens

Screenwriter:

Ed Whitmore, David Mackenzie

Cast:

Ewen Bremner, Maurice Roëves, Jamie Sives, Ciaran Hinds, Claire Forlani, Sophia Myles, Jamie Bell

Producer:

Gillian Berrie

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Adam

This was one of the best films i've seen in a long time, perhaps ever. If you have the attention span to watch a film that doesn't have explosions etc. but rather is about people and relationships, and you are not snobbish about believability, or "themes" (mr calhoun). Then I would recommend you to watch this film. It has a great soundtrack too.

Adam

This was one of the best films i've seen in a long time, perhaps ever. If you have the attention span to watch a film that doesn't have explosions etc. but rather is about people and relationships, and you are not snobbish about believability, or "themes" (mr calhoun). Then I would recommend you to watch this film. It has a great soundtrack too.

electricsquirrel

Funny, twisted, touching, and with a hero who wears a badger on his head. Splendid film, very enjoyable indeed.

electricsquirrel

Funny, twisted, touching, and with a hero who wears a badger on his head. Splendid film, very enjoyable indeed.

Jen

This film is excellent. I loved it all. I felt the emotion, found it humorous in places. Reading Time-Out's review I sort of can agree, but if you can accept it for what it is, then I'm sure you will get a lot of pleasure from it.

Jen

This film is excellent. I loved it all. I felt the emotion, found it humorous in places. Reading Time-Out's review I sort of can agree, but if you can accept it for what it is, then I'm sure you will get a lot of pleasure from it.

Fiona

I almost didn't go to see this film after reading the rather lukewarm reviews. What a mistake that would have been. This is a sensitive, funny, well-observed film - a real triumph.

Fiona

I almost didn't go to see this film after reading the rather lukewarm reviews. What a mistake that would have been. This is a sensitive, funny, well-observed film - a real triumph.

hettie

lovely to see how fantastic jamie bell is at climbing though shame about the film. scotland is the most beautiful country in the world and the cinematography didn't do it justice. the range of emotions that hallam had to display was too much without something happening. dull. dull. dull. for the first time in my life i left the cinema before the end of the film though to be fair i do have a very hot boyfriend ......

pdw

Dave Calhoun's review of thise film (see above) is trite and shallow. Can't Time Out do better?

pdw

Dave Calhoun's review of thise film (see above) is trite and shallow. Can't Time Out do better?

coccolebocco

Absolutely fabulous movie.Fantastic scenary, believable acting, great music and a couple of good shagging scenes!

coccolebocco

Absolutely fabulous movie.Fantastic scenary, believable acting, great music and a couple of good shagging scenes!

Arlene

I think Hallam Foe is a fantastic film which i think people will talk about for a very long time! Absolutely brilliant.

Arlene

I think Hallam Foe is a fantastic film which i think people will talk about for a very long time! Absolutely brilliant.