Friday, February 08, 2008

Hallam Foe

After waiting for almost a year I finally was able to see this very nice and entertaining movie by David Mackenzie that tells the story about a 17 years old Hallam that hasn’t overcome the death of his mother, lives in a tree and consequently observes everything from afar. When her sister goes to university, he is forced to escape to Edinburgh and there he meets a woman that looks like his mother. That’s the outline of the story but it has many turns and twists to keep you interested and have very nice cinematography with great views from Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands with some outstanding and well framed outdoor scenes that look like textured paintings.

Starring a teenager Jamie Bell –still recognizable from when he was the cute kid in that nice Billy Elliot movie- gives a very good performance and carries the movie quite well as he’s in every single scene.

Not a masterpiece but very entertaining, stylish and touching movie with many honors including the Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas and the Best Film Music in the 2007 Berlinale where was also nominated for a Golden Bear. In the BIFA has many nominations and probably will get more honors.

This is a very entertaining movie suited for adult audiences who like European cinema.


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