Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop Clothing clo_fly_aw15_NA_shoes Shop All Shop All Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Shop Kindle Paperwhite Shop now Shop Now Shop now
Customer Review

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Special Film, 6 May 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
I saw Gregory's Girl when it was first released in the early 1980's as part of a double-bill with Chariots of Fire. I quite liked it, but it wasn't really what I was expecting. I watched it again recently on the television, and now my view has changed: for me this may well be the best film ever made. Like Local Hero, which has long been on my all time top 5 list, it touches things within me that only a very small number of films, books or pieces of music do.

On the face of it, it's nothing special. A low-budget film about teenagers, by a previously unknown director, set in an unremarkable town in Scotland. A simple story - barely a story at all - which has been done many times before and since. Little in the way of character development or jokes. A soundtrack which ignores the New Wave of British music, then at its height, in favour of free-form jazz-funk.

But somehow, from this unpromising mix, emerges the most wonderful piece of film-making. Much has been written about its subtle, observational humour, and the closer you look, the more achingly funny it becomes. But at the same time I have no problem in admitting that it makes me cry. Not tears of self-pity or sadness, just a reaction to the swell of emotion brought on by the profoundly touching last 20 minutes, as Gregory is steered away from his hopeless obsession with the unattainable Dorothy. In a film packed with glorious scenes and moments, the first time we see Susan in her beret waiting by the phone-box is the one that crowns them all.

It's also a film packed with wonderful lines. Here are just a few of my favourites:

"Ten years old, and with the body of a woman of thirteen."

"The nicest part is just before you taste it. Your mouth goes all tingly. But that can't go on for ever."

"Under-age walks. Dates. You'll run out of vices before you're twelve if you don't slow down."

"What we'll do is, we'll just walk and talk. And we don't even need to talk that much either. We'll just see how it goes."

Why do I love Gregory's Girl so much? For many reasons - as the Radio Times Guides to Films says, it is a "near-faultless piece of film-making." But if I had to pick one thing, it would be the way it speaks so eloquently, and with such warm understanding, of feelings that dominated my every waking moment during my own teenage years - specifically the aching desire for a girlfriend combined with a total lack of any idea about how to get one. I think this was all too close to home when I first saw the film - memories of ridiculous and painful obsessions with girls I never spoke to were too fresh in my mind. Perhaps you have to be nearly fifty and a little more battered by life to really understand it.

If you've ever found love confusing and compelling, or if you've ever been smitten with somebody way out of reach, I think you will love this very special film.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 5 Jan 2015 19:46:48 GMT
LONE WOLF says:
Good review
I think many of us love the nostalgic feel to the film it gave guys who were shy of girls hope
that the girl we were smitten with didn't want to know there maybe a girl who did.
I miss the 80s
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details