L'ATALANTE, SCOTTISH STYLE
wdanthemanw | Geneva, Switzerland | 07/07/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Based on Alexander Trocchi's Young Adam, this movie was written and directed by Scottish director David Mackenzie in 2003. Since then, David Mackenzie also directed Asylum, the fascinating tale of a woman falling in love with a mad man.
Ewan McGregor is a drifter who uses to seduce every woman in sight. When his last girl-friend Emily Mortimer accidentally drowns in front of him, Ewan accepts to work on Peter Mullan's boat. Emily's corpse is found and an innocent married man is charged with the young girl's murder. Ewan seduces Tilda Swinton, his employers's wife, then even Tilda Swinton's sister while the accused is put on trial and sentenced to death.
YOUNG ADAM is a "cold" movie with its characters who are making love a lot but who don't love each other. The corpse of Emily Mortimer, after two days in water, is more vibrant in its frailty than the cold bodies of Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton, mechanically making love under the Scottish rain. YOUNG ADAM is a film a philosopher like Albert Camus could have written. It's a smart but desperate movie.
A DVD zone Ingmar Bergman is alive and well and living in Scotland.
Meandering down a canal with no aim
All Red | USA | 02/05/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Four of my favorite actors in one rotten and pointless film.The characters are not formed at all.They are shells.If that is appealing to you watch it.Loads of sex that seems to have no reason except selfishness and boredom.The soundtrack,if that is what it can be called,continually forms around five chords which ultimately lead to the final credits song that has more words than the entire film.A major waste of time.There is not tone thing positive I can say about this film.Even with it's R rating with deleted scenes, this film starts in the same place it begins-NOWHERE."
Sexual, erotic thriller--great combo of McGregor and Swinton
Sam | Seahurst, Washington | 09/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Scotland, 1950s. Joe (McGregor) lives on a barge and engages in cold sexual encounters that only add to his sense of existential alienation. Then the body of a woman is found in the canal... The graphic content and frigid, sterile atmosphere pay homage to Trocchi's novel, and the excellent cast do justice to a minimalist script.
B. Thompson | Hot, humid Florida (but there is NO snow) | 10/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the hottest movies ever of Ewan McGregor. It's one of those slow English things but you get to see 'all' of Ewan, so well worth the slow times. Gotta love the tag, tartan noir!!"