on 17 December 2002
Strong Language is an unconventional but worthwhile low-budget hybrid between a Talking-Heads style docudrama and a thriller. From the outset, a number of characters who are typical (or, some would say, stereotypical) Londoners in their twenties and thirties introduce themselves direct-to-camera and present a series of anecdotes, some humorous, some moving, some completely outrageous. Unusually, none of the seventeen or so characters ever meet up on screen, delivering their monologues completely individually.
Meanwhile, an unnamed narrator relates his own tragic story. At almost random moments in this tale, the film cuts away to further anecdotes and opinions that are relevant at that point, on subjects such as music, drugs, money, alcohol, sex... in short, all the things that obsess the average young Londoner.
That there is a point to all this and, indeed, a twist in the tale, is not something that becomes obvious until the last few moments of the film. As a result, Strong Language benefits greatly from watching it again, during which the viewer need not worry about where the film is going, but can instead concentrate on Simon Rumley's extremely well-written dialogue.
Rumley credits himself as director, producer and editor as well as writer so it is small wonder that it seems such a personal film. The editing is as sharp as the writing, so if the direction is a little uneven, this can at least be attributed to the constraints that Rumley was working under.
The episodic structure of the film neatly divides the DVD into chapters, with each stated theme (sex, drugs, and so on) receiving its own chapter-stop. The extras on the DVD are fairly minimal, consisting of a trailer which effectively gives the game away and a short documentary, the highlight of which is Rumley's father claiming that this is "the best film since Gone With The Wind."
Contains - naturally - extremely strong language throughout.
on 4 February 2001
This film is a very good low bugit film about 16 young people in london in1996. It touches on topics such as Ecstacy, racism, aids and Britpop. The characters are sterotypical and very witty on the subjects. The narrator tells a story touching on various subiects which get an opinion of the other 16 characters. This is a film for fans of other great british films such as trainspotting but doesn't really live up to them.I'm not sure if it worth 19 quid but is definetly a film to see