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Cal [DVD]

Wayne Virgo , Tom Payne , Christian Martin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wayne Virgo, Tom Payne, Emily Corcoran, Lucy Russell
  • Directors: Christian Martin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tla Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set in the economically depressed England of today, CAL is a startling sequel to the hit 2009 film, SHANK. 20-year-old Cal returns from France to Britain after receiving news that his mother is ill. He finds his home city of Bristol facing hard times, with poverty and crime on the rise and rioting and looting rife. Now openly gay, Cal clashes with his homophobic mother and alcoholic, predatory aunt. Things soon turn around upon meeting a cute, young student who needs his help. However, Cal s act of kindness brings about a whole lot of trouble and a race against time to make peace with his mother and escape his home town. An intense, dark and intelligent feature bringing Cal s story bang up-to-date.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Follow up to `Shank' 13 Sep 2013
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is the latest film from Bristol based producer and director Christian Martin. He has chosen to reprise the main character from his first feature length production, Cal. He was last seen as that persona in the rather good `Shank'. Wayne Virgo plays the character again and as ever is very believable. This chapter sees him return from his European travels where he has been working in kitchens as a casual.

He has returned after receiving a post card from him mother's lodger, the alcoholic `Aunty Jane', who has told him his mum is in hospital. He arrives in austerity Britain when Bristol is suffering the same fate as London in the summer riots. He gets involved with a local pimp Ivan (Daniel Brocklebank) when he tries to help one of his boys Jim. Ivan takes Cal's passport and Cal decides to let Jim stay at his mum's house to escape the regular violence of the streets. Their relationship then lurches between friendship and inter dependence as they try to sort out their future and Cal tries to sort out his past.

There is a lot here including sexual exploitation, poverty, dependency, drug abuse, homophobia, violence and relationship issues as well as blatant criminality. Most of the issues are handled sensitively and in an un- clichéd way, which is appreciated. There are some plot holes or stretches that some may not be over the moon with; to say what they are would be a plot spoiler. That is done for the purposes of the narrative and is only mildly irksome and actually forgivable.

`Shank' was a welcome breath of independent film fresh air that tackled issues of homosexuality without being an excuse for soft porn and this is very much in the same vein.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really interesting discovery and film. 18 July 2013
Caught this at a chance screening in London (Riverside Studios) - it was a blisteringly hot evening and yet there was a dedicated and impressive audience sacrificing a drink on the terrace to watch this film.

And what an interesting and well executed film it is. Although a standalone film comparisons were drawn with the director's first film SHANK (which I also loved but for different reasons and this film is leagues more polished and mature in it's film making and execution) - the eponymous hero from that CAL is the central character in this film and the story unfolds yet again in Bristol after Cal returns from his travels and after receiving word that his mother is ill in hospital. Bristol is in the grip of rioting unemployed youth, civil protest against government cuts. In a good samaritan moment Csl rescues rent boy Jason from the clutches of his thug pimp. This creates a nightmare for the boys who are attracted to each other but Cal wants more - he wants love and this develops and helps reconciles a son with his mother by way of dramas and situations that are centred in real life events that propel us and the two leads through the story.

It is not exaggeration to say that from the first shot you are drawn into this film. It is a film with an intensity that wraps itself around the narrative's integrity with accomplishment that startles at times at how well conceived and thought out it is.

I don't want to plot the film out too much as I do think you should watch it. Every element strains to be perfect and in most instances it achieves this or falls short by a negligible margin - almost unnoticeable if truth be known to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you havent seen the first one 1 May 2014
By Karl
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what a film but not as good as the last... would like to see another if they ever decide to make another
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good film. 12 Mar 2014
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Quick delivery and item was exactly as described, but I feel that the film was a poor runner up to 'shank' which is it's prequel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as instantly engaging as Shank 7 Feb 2014
By perko
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Not as instantly engaging as Shank but, if you care about the central character from that film this is an easy-going sequel that covers much the same ground in slightly different ways and, I have to admit, was moving in places.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark 26 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed watching this movie, but must admit it cannot tip Shank. I wonder why a lot of gay movies always have to be so dark and gloomy, with an ever sad ending. There are lots of happy endings too in gay life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good sequel 2 Jan 2014
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i love all these films coundnt of asked for anything else apart from can i star in the next one, please lool very good!
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE 18 Dec 2013
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Dialogue delivered Like This you'll Love this...
Oh dear where do I start? first off I enjoyed Shank! but this is a very bitty follow up! The acting (in some cases I am using this term very loosely! Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR PETER J SPARROWHAWK
3.0 out of 5 stars boy returning ti home town , gets mixed up with nasty man and pays the...
movie ok , but , ' sorry ' I did not engage with the main actor , pity because the narraative is Worth it ,
Published 8 months ago by Francoise Richard
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a bore to watch
The story line was dull and the writer who wrote it should never have bothered. I would not recommend this DVD to anyone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gorden Percy
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak story
In this continuation of the " cult " Shank , little is revealed , it is known that the protagonist was traveling in Europe , but there's flashback of his passing , it is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by antonio goncalves
5.0 out of 5 stars Cal's second desperate attempt to get on in life...
So we left Cal going to France at the end of Shank, and now he returns after receiving the news his mother is unwell. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dave Oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing
This is an unremittingly dark view of modern-day life, almost post-apocalyptic, and poor Cal seems to be surrounded by people of ill will. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peter Daly
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull at best
I was looking forward to this follow up to Shank as I had enjoyed that film. The French student could have been a bit more convincing but overall it was well acted with a strong... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Soros
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