Part love story, part comedy, part study of madness, Some Voices
is above all a beautifully observed, elegantly written and brilliantly acted low-key British film. The story of Ray (Daniel Craig) and his relationships with his brother Pete (Dave Morrissey) and new girlfriend Laura (Kelly Macdonald) after his release from psychiatric hospital, it is the interaction between the three that forms the cornerstone of the movie. Craig dominates proceedings as his character finds himself needlessly torn between the two, capturing Ray's descent into madness far better than the rather unnecessary over use of visual effects. The interplay between all three is superb, particularly Craig and Macdonald who spend the first two-thirds of the story developing a dependence that is pure sweetness and light before darkness descends. Director Simon Cellan Jones (whose previous credits include Our Friends in the North
) allows his first feature film to develop at it's own pace, letting the script and performances dictate the action. The West London setting fizzes with a life that Notting Hill
barely hinted at, proving that a movie set in the capital (or indeed made in Britain) doesn't have to rely on mock cockney gangster stereotypes to reflect the city. This is a self-assured, engaging and ultimately moving piece of filmmaking.
On the DVD: The accompanying documentary and interviews offer little insight into the process and are edited down to minute-long segments with little attempt to examine the bigger picture. Jones' commentary, however, does provide an interesting insight into the perils of making a film on a small budget. --Phil Udell
Upon being released from mental hospital, Ray (Daniel Craig) is taken in by his brother Pete (David Morrissey), who now runs their late father's cafe. Ray begins romancing the newly single Glaswegian Laura (Kelly MacDonald), but angers his brother when he suddenly takes her on a trip to Hastings without informing anyone. Ray and Pete's relationship is complicated further by the fact that the latter has begun tentatively dating Mandy (Julie Graham), a waitress at the cafe, but as Ray's mental state begins to deteriorate it becomes harder for both Laura and Pete to deal with his increasingly bizarre behaviour.