Release date: March 18th (NYC-Cinema Village), by Tartan Films
The Cast: Kevin McKidd,Lewis Macleod,Susan Lynch
BASIC PREMISE: After witnessing his father(Macleod) having an affair, a young boy grows up to become an alcoholic man (McKidd), joins a gang, and meets a beautiful woman (Lynch) who changes his life.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: There is a lot going on onscreen for the eyes and ears. There is wonderful acting by both Kevin McKidd and Susan Lynch--especially Lynch, who won Best Supporting Actress in the British Academy Awards. The cinematography is exceptional--a few over-mounting shots that are well-placed, along with the music which adds to the downbeat tone of the movie. A particularly memorable, powerful and well-shot scene is one showing cobwebs on alcoholics while they drink down their life.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: One of the messages in this film is that there is always hope to change the way you look at life, perhaps even to change it. Also, loneliness does not last forever and there is a solution out of depression--by connecting with other people with a good influence on your life, such as the beautiful, good-natured woman that the alcoholic meets.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
THE BOTTOM LINE: A grim, difficult movie about alcoholism and its consequences, but with thought-provoking messages, wonderful acting, and exceptional film-making that make it very easy to watch.
Recommended Way to Watch: Movie Theater (1st Run)