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This Year's Love [DVD] [1999]

Annabelle Apsion , Matt Bardock , David Kane    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Annabelle Apsion, Matt Bardock, Doreene Blackstock, Paul Blair, Kathy Burke
  • Directors: David Kane
  • Writers: David Kane
  • Producers: Michele Camarda, Nigel Green, Simon Hardy, Simon Scotland
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D37R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An unpretentious Brit-flick distinguished by a great cast, This Year's Love is writer-director David Kane's wry, funny study of six singletons in search of something--possibly love, possibly just sex--that will help them make sense of an untidy world. Aside from the acting, the film's strongest feature is its unflinching realism. The setting is North London's Camden Lock, an area that is in equal parts ultra-trendy and horrendously squalid. The characters reflect the locale: a circle of youthful drop-outs, wannabes and never-have-beens united in their common desire to surmount loneliness and find that elusive "perfect match". The central figures are newlyweds Danny and Hannah (the wonderful Douglas Henshall and Catherine McCormack) and the film in essence concerns itself with the fallout from the spectacular and rapid disintegration of their marriage. Danny first hooks up with cleaner-cum-nightclub singer Mary (a marvellously self-deprecating Kathy Burke), while Hannah finds lecherous womaniser Cameron (an unwashed Dougray Scott). Cameron's flatmate Liam (Ian Hart) fails to impress posh single mum Sophie (Jennifer Ehle in dreadlocks), who goes on to reject Danny and Cameron in turn, while Liam becomes dangerously obsessed by Hannah then Mary. So the merry-go-round of relationship swapping, unlikely coincidences and bittersweet life-lessons turns full circle.

David Kane's comic dialogue is witheringly sharp, the situations (aside from all the coincidental meetings) are well-observed and the characters sympathetically three-dimensional (helped in no small part by the quality of the ensemble cast). The frequently hilarious comedy is tempered by an underlying despair: if it's not exactly Brassed Off or The Full Monty for neurotic, self-obsessed metropolitans, it's a film that's at least happy to exist in the same genre and achieves the same poignant empathy with its characters. The soundtrack is great, too. Imagine that the cast of Trainspotting gate-crashed Four Weddings and a Funeral and the result would be This Year's Love.

On the DVD: Short on-set interviews with the principals and a promotional featurette are supplemented by a sequence of unedited behind-the-scenes footage. The film itself is presented in a good-looking anamorphic (16:9) print. --Mark Walker

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The big-screen debut from Scottish stage director David Kane, This Year's Love is a comedy about the romantic misadventures of six young people in Camden, North London. The marriage of tattoo artist Danny (Douglas Hanshall) and dressmaker Hannah (Catherine McCormack) gets off to a less-than-inspiring start when Danny finds out Hannah has already been fooling around with a friend's husband, so Danny takes a walk and Hannah splits with a friend to get drunk. At the airport, where the newlyweds were supposed to leave for a honeymoon, Danny meets a cleaning woman named Mary (Kathy Burke) and is immediately infatuated, while Hannah is picked up by a scruffy artist named Cameron (Dougray Scott). Elsewhere, Liam (Ian Hart), a geeky comic-art enthusiast who shares an apartment with Cameron, finds romance with Sophie (Jennifer Ehle), a single mother and full-time neurotic. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: British Independent Film Awards, ...This Year's Love

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Poignant Comedy That Makes You Think 27 Dec 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Saw this in London on the big screen and was blown away. This isn't an intellectual comedy or a Screwball Comedy; it's a very humane look at love and all the pain attached to it. What I like most about this film is that is has multiple endings, both happy and sad, that make sense, and original characters with whom you sympathize. Kathy Burke has been just lauded but it's an ensemble piece with excellent work from everyone. Buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping dog 5 Jun 2007
By Dazman
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful British film with just about everything in it, laughs, tears, getting together, breaking up finding someone new and re-kindling a love that you thought was lost.

This is made by the same people that made Born romantic, not quite as good as this, but still well worth checking out.

For anyone who has ever been looking for love (most of us I would think?), this is a fine comedy with plenty of highs and lows (emotionally) in my opinion a must see movie!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet block-buster 17 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
When I first saw this on TV late one night some years ago I was immediately and totally drawn in. It is a marvellously crafted film on all fronts which doesn't conclude with happy endings - except maybe for the reconciliation of Danny and Hannah. The real guts of the film, intended or not, centres around the liaison between Marey and Liam where his gradual descent into paranoia is juxtaposed against her powerlessness, in spite of her love and gentle concern, to avert its inevitability.The other stars are pretty good and pretty too but Burke and Hart, not physically attractive in the way their co-stars are, both ground and raise the achievement of the film with the intensity of their roles. Ehle and Scott are also impressive as the egoist and the cynic providing an ascerbic counterpoint to the lead couple - but the film belongs to Hart. It is as good a film concerned with relationship has had appeared for many a year - low-key yet supremely engaging and fascinating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Dec 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Rented this from my local shop a while back. Only just got round to buying it. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth it. IT IS!

This is a brilliant film and deals with tons of different emotions and the emotional journeys the characters go on throughout and how they all connect in some way. All the parts are played superbly. Jennifer Ehle comes off as a real cow, which you wouldn't expect if you've seen her as Lizzie Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. It's all about everyday lives and just how crap life can be. BUY IT!

Kathy Burke was my favourite. She does, as ever, a brilliant job.

Highly reccommended. If you haven't seen it/bought it, then DO!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 12 July 2010
By deni
Format:DVD
Git to be a must see
Lock your door turn down the lights
Box o chocs No distubance and watch
One of the funniest, tragic life stories seen
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie - This Years Love - Timeless 14 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
Fantastic film. It could have been released 20 years ago, or no doubt, 20 years later, or in the future. Either way, its outstanding!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweet Rites of Passage 11 Aug 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is almost ten years old but it retains its relevance and interest because of its timeless theme that of the hit and miss elusive search for a soulmate and the false paths taken on the way.The script and acting are first class and the music score (also available on Amazon) is expertly woven into the plot. A classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this years love 30 April 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This Year's Love [DVD] [1999]this film is a little gem a must see with lots of laughs good for a night in with the girls or a break up movie (this is when i discovered it)great soundtrack just really enjoyable :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I usually love films set in London, but this was just plain tedious. A load of flakey, self-obsessed people drinking and swapping partners and a predictable ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JulesyBaby
5.0 out of 5 stars SHEER BRILLIANCE!
Ive given this 5 stars, was going to be 4 BUT Ive noticed the average score is low due to some idiotic 1 star votes from folks who bought foreign copies of this dvd and couldnt get... Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. D. gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent London film....
Kathy Burke is superb in her role. Camden is the ideal backdrop for this film. I would recommend this to my friends.
Published 3 months ago by Jac Reardon
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel good film
solid British comedy film with the storylines and characters nicely woven together. Found it hard to find on the high street so the cheap price and convenience of delivery through... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gareth Morris
1.0 out of 5 stars Stop
The reviews said it was great, but when I watched it. It was really depressing and sad. I love Ian but didn't like him this.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer A. Gutierrez
3.0 out of 5 stars Its alright
Apparently this is meant to be one of the most amazing love stories of all time. Just a bunch of horney people having sex with eachother. Quite a good film tho. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cherrie-Anne Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny, but so real
this film has a great story to it, and i have lived in Camden town, so i know the
places there, it is so real, but kathy burke, is so funny in this, she makes it a
joy to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by m.c. hullah
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed CD didnt work:(
Waste of money CD didnt work on my DVD player.
There is nothing special about the player - I have 2 I tried them both and neither worked :(
Published 12 months ago by jane moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb British comedy
I love all the actors, I love that it is British and I love that it is a more real life interpretation of life and love... "cuddle her? she's no a F*n koala bear"
Published 14 months ago by S Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars this years love dvd
a quirky film of love in camden london with kathy burke. david gray provides good music, wonderful acting. ace thewizardfromaus
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. S. A. Knibbs
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