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Following (Criterion) (1998)

Cast: Jeremy Theobald, Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, more...
Director: Christopher Nolan, Christopher Nolan
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Neo Noir, Neo Noir, UK, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 71 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Christopher Nolan made his feature directorial debut with this 16mm black-and-white British suspense drama, shot on weekends with a $6,000 budget. Wannabe writer Bill, aka "The Young Man" (Jeremy Theobald), is "between jobs," living in impoverished circumstances with no prospects, plots, or outlines. Desperate for ideas, he begins following people in the street to "gather material," more accurately described as a venture into voyeurism. When Cobb (Alex Haw) realizes he's being followed, he confronts Bill. Cobb explains that he goes one step further -- entering people's apartments not only for theft but also to spy on private possessions. The notion of illegal intrusions excites Bill, but graduating to the next plateau beyond break-ins sets him up as a fall guy. Shown at the 1998 San Francisco Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Template for Memento by wes2666 September 28, 2004 - 10:44 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The main character in Following is a neurotic Brit who fancies himself a writer and uses this as an excuse to pursue his favorite pastime--following strangers. Dodgey as this sounds he manages to find people who are more dangerous than himself.

Christopher Nolan invented many of the narrative devices he would later use in Memento in this film. The main character is a writer shocked at being written into someone else's story. The time dislocation arises from his attempt to move the blocks of the story around, figure out how he was double (and triple) crossed, and maybe write himself a better ending. This is an interesting structure and it works nearly perfectly but the director felt he needed a long unnatural monologue to lay everything out for the viewer.

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