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  • Actors: Nancy Trotter Landry, Liam Browne, Michael Hodgson, Stephen Bent, Arabella Arnott
  • Directors: Ashley Horner
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Colour
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EMRZLW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,369 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A poetic love-story. Noon (Nancy Trotter Landry) is the narrator, a shy taxidermist who keeps a silent menagerie of fauna in the freezer alongside her photographer lover Manchester's (Liam Browne) ice pops. Manchester documents their affair, creating highly charged and wonderfully erotic images. They are happy to detach themselves from the outside world as much as possible, allowing them to explore each other and indulge their passions. In their space away from other distractions, their appetite and attraction for each other is intensified. How will their relationship fare when they step out of this cocooned environment? Tension is never far from the surface, and things are exacerbated when Manchester is seduced by a lucrative offer that takes him away from Noon and the world they share.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
A vibrant film full of energy and charm. The two lead actors are fabulous and make an interesting couple to watch and to eavesdrop in on their world. The sex in the film is refreshingly honest and 'real', and I found it fantastic to be confronted with the 'bits' of both of them (usually the male body gets not nearly as much coverage, if any).
The film felt slightly rough around the edges at times, possibly because after a wonderful beginning being led into a film that felt like a character based film, it started to lean on a plot that felt a little awkward and contrived. But this oddly didn't at all detract from the film's fun and it held my interest the whole way through because it never let its energy or charm drop for an instant. I was left with a feeling of delight and a huge grin on my face.
It's the kind of film you rarely see in the UK, so I would also recommend for that - to support some unique and brave filmmakers, refusing to make a film based on the expectations of the mainstream preconception of what a 'British' film should be (and for my part I don't believe many have the courage to do that, because they rarely get supported). Definitely one to watch.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Willerton on 2 May 2011
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Although I would only give this film three stars, its faults really should not put you off watching this brave and innovative piece.

First, the sex! Well, as others have mentioned, it does form the cornerstone of the story, and its gritty depiction is so refreshing compared to the airbrushed trash we're used to from bigger budget films. Personally I found it interesting more than erotic. I wouldn't in any way describe this film as porn, although I'm sure it will sell on its notoriety. Such brave performances from the two leads, I'm amazed at how far they let themselves go.

This film has still passed the certification process, so probably represents about as far as an 18 rating can go in 2011. Mostly, "harder" moments are implied or oblique. It does make you ponder what an 18 film will show in another 20 years.

So why only three from five? For me, I couldn't fully connect with the over-reached plot, nor the self-indulgent waster art student leads. Their characters were interesting, but they are basically both in need of a wash, some counselling and a proper job. However, even though I didn't like them, I totally got that they were perfect for each other, and this is where the film somehow manages to dredge up a feeling of sweet romance.

Ironically, towards the end "Brilliantlove" tries to poke fun at the same arthouse culture that it comes from itself.. almost some attempt to say I'm Too Cool Even For Art School. Didn't really pull it off, it's not that clever, and when all's said and done the story is pretty standard fare in essence.

It is very creditable though, and as a Northern lad myself I think it's fantastic that it was produced and shot in the North, even though it did little to really break any sterotypes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cartoon on 5 Aug. 2011
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I love this film , yes it is explicit but never cheap titilation . Nancy Trotter Landy is wonderful , sexy real woman . She doesnt pout or flirt with the camera or pull those ridiculous sex faces so loved by lovers in french movies . A fun quirky story and great northern countryside too . Brilliant .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Marsland on 22 Jun. 2011
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I suppose like many things like it, this film is intelligent and well made - great music, well shot and convincing acting. Where it fell down for me was that it was very of the moment - cool music, young cool actors, cool settings; you get the picture. The sex scenes are intense and passionate and the couple are very attractive. With quite a number of things to recommend it I would give it a go.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Erick the Viking on 31 Dec. 2010
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One of the most accurate titles for a film I have seen this year, brilliantlove engages the mind in an evolved exploration of passion and sexuality. brilliantlove is the potent, unflinching, and poetic story about two young lovers spending the summer together in a broken and worn garage in the countryside exploring the possibilities for eroticism and passionate love-making within a contained environment. Horner and his collaborators have broken through with this unique and powerful film that is unlike anything else I have seen this year in its ability to move a viewer through an emotional and beautiful place to illuminate the nature of love.

The brave and exposed, literally, performances of Nancy Trotter Landry and Liam Browne as the hyper-charged lovers Noon and Manchester explored so much about the sexuality that can arise between couples and the trials involved with keeping those feelings alive. Noon does work as a taxidermist, keeping her projects in the freezer amongst the ice pops Manchester so enjoys (oh the ice pops, just brilliant). Manchester is working on an art project, using instamatic cameras to capture the erotic passion they share. Things are going well until Manchester is approached by an erotic art aficionado who wants to display his work at a show. The bubble existence Noon and Manchester shared is stretched to the limit as their lives are no longer completely tied together and revolving around each other. For the performances by lead actors Trotter and Browne, it was so great to see a chemistry on screen reminiscent of real life, as they, simply put, were epic in brilliantlove, drawing the audience deep into the world of the film and making them not wanting to leave it.
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