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Young Adam -not so dark!,
This review is from: Young Adam [DVD]  (DVD)
A real quality film that works on several levels.
Other reviews led me to believe that this would be dark & depressing.
For me it was neither.
Certainly the gritty realism is there & it accurately reflects life for many in the West Central Scotland of the 1950's.
I see the main theme of the story being the struggles & loneliness of the 'bohemian' writer surviving & making the most of life & sex in the tough working class environment of life on a canal cargo barge.
The 3 main actors Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton & Peter Mullan all give strong performances but are ably supported by the 'lesser' lights.
The extra feature commentary is very useful for filling in the gaps in the plot that you may have missed on 1st viewing.
This confirms that Ewan's 'Joe' character does have a heart & conscience & is not totally dark & selfish.