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Somers Town (2008)

Cast: Perry Benson, Thomas Turgoose, Kate Dickie, more...
Director: Shane Meadows
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Studio: Film Movement
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Independent, Coming of Age , UK, Quest, Film Movement
Running Time: 70 min.
Languages: English

Synopsis
Dead Man's Shoes and This Is England director Shane Meadows takes the helm for this monochromatic childhood drama concerning two young friends living in London, and their efforts not to turn out like their aimless fathers. Tomo has just turned 16, and as a result he's no longer under parental care. Eager to escape the Midlands and seek out a better life in London, Tomo sets out for the big city and strikes up a friendship with Polish immigrant Marek while traversing the streets of Somers Town. Marek is a quiet and sensitive boy who harbors a growing interest in photography and still lives with his father. But Marek's father is a hopeless drunk, and doesn't even notice when his son invites Tomo to share their apartment. Most days, Tomo and Marek are content to pass earning some quick cash from an eccentric neighbor, wandering the streets, and admiring a pretty French waitress named Maria who works at a nearby café. Eventually, the two become obsessed with the girl and begin tracking her every move. But one day Maria simply vanishes, leaving the boys to feel as if they have lost their muse. Later that night, Tomo and Marek decide to dull their pain by sharing a bottle. Of course, it's this very same night that Marek's father discovers his son has taken in a new roommate, and Tomo is swiftly evicted. As a result, the growing bond between the two boys is put to the ultimate test. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

An emotional coming of age tale as only Shane Meadows could tell it. by carriertone July 13, 2012 - 9:34 PM PDT
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In trying to catch up on all of Shane Meadow's films I came upon this gem. Meadows, and his frequent writing partner Paul Fraser, are experts at manipulating emotions, and this movie proves no exception. However, this movie is uplifting and joyous where most of his other films are soul-crushingly bleak. A true testament to the strength of accidental friendships, and a perfect counterbalance to This Is England or Dead Man's Shoes, I highly recommended this film.




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