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directed by Tom Shkolnik
UK/France 2012

 

Ed (Edward Hogg, ANONYMOUS) is a thirty-two year old Londoner who works by day at a health care call center and spends his nights as an unsuccessful stand-up comedian (whose topics include "fruit racism" and gardening). After a particularly rough night, he meets burgeoning artist Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, DOM HEMINGWAY) and they quickly fall into bed. Although Nathan is quick to express his affection, Ed holds back, seemingly only seeking comfort in the younger man's arms while at the same time getting closer to his own musician roommate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski, EASTERN PROMISES); but she, like Nathan, is looking for something "real" that Ed cannot provide. That's really all there is to this wonderfully understated character drama that turns what seems like a romantic comedy plot into a despairing exploration of an identity crisis that has nothing to do with sexuality (Ed seems to be merely escaping into the affection of others without even as Nathan encounters both racism and homophobia) and everything to do with the fear of moving forward in life lest one makes the wrong choices. Ed's characterization builds through several loosely-structured scenes - keeping him sympathetic even at his most self-indulgent and even childish - culminating in an at first seemingly protracted yet stimulating and resonant final scene that recognizes the multiple ways of being "all right" in the end.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: October 2012 (UK)

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DVD Review: Revolver Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

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Revolver Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:18:27
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.35 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Revolver Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 9

 

 

 

Comments

Revolver's single-layer, progressive, anamorphic widescreen transfer of this intentionally gritty-looking British independent film evinces a degree of edge-enhancement but I think the sometimes softish detail is part of the film's original low light cinematography. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is restrained but gives some nice depth to the urban settings and to a subtler degree the interiors (a serviceable 2.0 track is also available). There are absolutely no extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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