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Who doesn't identify, a bit, with Billy?,
This review is from: Billy Liar [DVD] (DVD)
A great deal is said that Billy Liar is set 'Up North' and 'in the swinging sixties' which is true and all the better for it but the story it tells is just as relevant to anywhere and anytime and is, as such, timeless and placeless.
This is a great film. The characters are brilliant and the cast play their parts to a tee. The storyline is poignant, witty and insightful and makes you feel a little uncomfortable as, I'm sure, there is a varying degree of Tom Courtenays's character in all of us.
It's difficult to comment much more on the film without giving the plot away but I very much recommend it to anyone both as a very enjoyable story but also as a thoughtful look at a person's mentality and how they deal with their situation, their hopes and their fears in giving up their current lot and breaking free.
And Julie Christie is simply georgeous!