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5.0 out of 5 stars still stands up very well, 22 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Another Country [DVD] (DVD)
Seeing this film again has been just as enjoyable as it was back in the eighties, when I remember really loving it. At that time it was principally the romance which got to me, and the scene in the boat, chaste and fairly brief as it is, resonated with me for months. There is something very convincing about it, and I like the way the two boys look so completely different, with the blond one really having something of an angel. Rupert Everett is brilliantly cast and has just the right sardonic disenchantment, but he manages be very funny at the same time. The critique of the public school system is obviously dated, although it would certainly have been true in the thirties, and indeed for most of their history. It makes an interesting hypothesis to explain why someone might turn against their country, and the circumstances of his grudge are well delineated. I'm sure that the world you are in at that age is all-important, and for the viewer it is interesting to consider its politics and power-play as a microcosm of society. Of course some of the traditions persist, but where they have been dropped it is no doubt partly because of films like this one (or Julian Mitchell's play) which draw them to public attention. And, as many of the key figures in our present government were educated in such an establishment, the film makes you think about how these changes may have meant that a different kind of person tends to come out of these schools now. As a film, however, it gives great pleasure both in its visual flair - a sequence involving chapel has a wonderful choral background - and as a chance to see Rupert Everett and Colin Firth in early roles, both at their absolute best. Anna Massey also appears in a very effective cameo - how different from her appearance in Peeping Tom, but equally adept at getting to the heart of the role in a few well-judged brushstrokes.
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