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Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (2001)

Cast: Timothy Spall, Michael Begley, Katy Cavanagh, more...
Director: Danny Boyle
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Koch Vision
Genre: Foreign, UK
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English
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British filmmaker Danny Boyle offers a darkly comic glimpse of life in Britain in this short feature (shot on digital video equipment) produced for the BBC. Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise concerns Tommy Rag (Timothy Spall), a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman whose passion for salesmanship firmly outstrips his scruples. Tommy's new partner on his route is Pete (Michael Begley), a younger man who has dreams of working in the music industry. Pete's girlfriend, however, demands that he get a steady job, and has decided to withhold sex until Pete starts bringing home a steady paycheck. Tommy coaches Pete in his ruthless and shameless sales techniques, and together they start selling an impressive number of vacuums; Tommy thinks they may both be up for Salesman of the Year, but then Pete has to consider what could be a better offer. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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A British (and better) Death of a Salesman by talltale September 9, 2004 - 4:46 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Off-putting is putting it mildly, as far as the first few minutes of VACUUMING COMPLETELY NUDE IN PARADISE are concerned. But stick with this strange work of "art," for that, I believe, is what this piece of funny/nasty entertainment truly is. Timothy Spall is great, as ever, and so is Michael Begley as his would-be apprentice. There's occasional poetry here, and sadness, some humor, some capitalist-bashing, and some sex (albeit strange--but what else would you expect from Danny Boyle?). As far as I'm concerned, this new work speaks as much to our own age as did Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" to an earlier time. And this one is a LOT shorter, funnier, less obvious--and much more creative and succinct.

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