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Joy Division

  • Film

Time Out says

Another first feature from a young British director hobbled by an only-too-familiar problem: a script that should never have been set before the camera. Nothing to do with the Mancunian art-rockers or even the Nazis’ female sex slaves, it’s the chronicle of a German youth raised in the wartime era of ‘strength through joy’, who’s captured by the Soviets and later does duty as a KGB spy in ’60s London, where the freedoms he experiences teach him the meaning of happiness for the first time. No shortage of ambition there, but the time-skipping screenplay never finds a way of dramatising its protagonist’s journey through genuine tension, relying instead on an almost incessant voiceover to tell us what we’re seeing and what the central character’s feeling about it. The result is tiresomely tedious, to say the least, which makes the overstretched production design (disused Eastern Bloc factories for the WWII carnage) and showroom dummy performances (the hyper-sincere dialogue leaves leading man Ed Stoppard high and dry) even more of a liability. Hard to see the advantage in exposing this to a theatrical release.
Written by Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 17 November 2006
  • Duration:105 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Reg Traviss
  • Cast:
    • Tom Schilling
    • Ed Stoppard
    • Bernadette Heerwagen
    • Bernard Hill
    • Michelle Gayle
    • Lea Mornar
    • Suzanne von Borsody
    • Bernard Kay
    • Sean Chapman
    • Sybille Gebhardt
    • Gyula Benedek
    • Marlon Kittel
    • Ricci Harnett
    • Thomas Darchinger
    • Torkoly Levente
    • Ram John Holder
    • Kincso Petho
    • Dietrich Hollinderbaumer
    • Lili Bordan
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