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Young Adam (2003)

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, more...
Director: David Mackenzie, David Mackenzie
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, British Drama, Neo Noir, UK, Erotica
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: French
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This title is currently out of print.

An amoral young man wends his way into the lives of a handful of damaged souls in this adaptation of British Beat Generation writer Alexander Trocchi's first novel. Written for the screen and directed by David Mackenzie, Young Adam begins with the discovery of a barely dressed woman's corpse by two barge workers, Joe (Ewan McGregor) and Leslie (Peter Mullan). A taciturn drifter, Joe hoists the body ashore with little distress, and the ensuing police investigation does little to ruffle his day-to-day existence on the barge. But his behavior becomes more and more erratic, and as he begins a torrid affair with Leslie's downtrodden wife Ella (Tilda Swinton), flashbacks reveal a similarly cruel encounter he once had with a young woman named Cathie (Emily Mortimer). Young Adam premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival before securing berths at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals later that year. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Fab visuals, flabby story by talltale September 24, 2004 - 4:57 PM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Watching YOUNG ADAM made me appreciate film stock once again, after seeing so many shot-on-video movies of late. This one is a constant pleasure to look at, with subtle colors and footage that captures the look and feel of everything from water to wood, skin and various fabrics. The director of photography does a lovely job of framing, too. Visually, this film's a treat, but everything else about it sucks--the feeble story, weak characterizations and utter lack of caring for and understanding of the people involved. There's a nice shot of Ewan McGregor's unveiled package along the way, but even this doesn't merit the other 96 minutes of wasted time (on your part) and effort (from the moviemakers).

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2003
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
Bonnie Scotland
With an emphasis on the creepy or depressing

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