- Enjoy £1.00 reward to spend on movies or TV on Amazon Video when you purchase a DVD or Blu-ray offered by Amazon.co.uk. A maximum of 1 reward per customer applies. UK customers only. Offer ends at 23:59 GMT on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
My Brother Tom [DVD]
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
When Tom comes crashing into Jessica’s life from the boughs of a burning tree, she is both alarmed and intrigued by his dark nature. The woods are Tom’s sanctuary from his distressing home life and become the world where he and Jessica form a bond which is both powerful and uncompromising. A dark and emotionally raw tale of teenage love, Dom Rotheroe’s acclaimed directorial debut won the Golden Rose at the Sochi International Film Festival 2001 and the Herald Angel at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top customer reviews
Five stars says I love this film, but that isn't the case. The five stars are for the courage to make this film and the acting of the young players.
But the 3rd time i tried to watch it, i finally got into the dark, but powerful story. While the start is boring, please stick with it like i did the 3rd time, because as soon as it grips you, you will enjoy it.
It's a very dark, but powerful film. But a word of warning, some bits are very hard to watch due to sexual abuse and things of that nature.
The production is very professional and the acting very realistic: Ben Whishaw is superbly convincing as the troubled Tom. But the very uncomfortable nature of the film's subject, made all the more real by the writing and acting, means that this is a film that I am not sure I would want to watch again. Hence the three stars.
The ending is unusual and not very definitive but it makes you think about it and i spent hours dwelling on it and the film overall afterwards. It really is a powerful film and one that i feel compelled to watch again quite soon.
While watching it i was reminded of two films that deal with similar issues: Mysterious Skin and Disco Pigs, both of which are two brilliant films that are well worth chekcing out and boast flawless performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbett in MS and Cillian Murphy in DP. And if you've seen either of them and liked them i'd say you'll definitely enjoy My Brother Tom and i'd recommmend you check it out.
Yes it can drag a little at the beginning but stay with it. It's unusual and the two main performances are excellent. I think the following review covers it http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/11/09/my_brother_tom_2001_review.shtml
Nevertheless, is is very hard-hitting and apposite, bearing in mind what has been happening recently in some orphanages and Catholic churches.
Ben Whishaw as Tom gives an amazing performance.
In the local woods Jessica meets a same-age male, Tom, an outsider with feral mannerisms - climbing trees, burying food - a creature of the forest. An unlikely pair - the snobbish Catholic girl and the inarticulate, physical lad - there is nevertheless an immediate, primal bond. Tom, who also is involved in unwanted encounters, builds Jessica an escapist, dream-world in the woods, where the two begin to merge identities.
Overall, it must be said that MY BROTHER TOM is visually-superb; beautifully filmed with confident and intimate camera play. Further, the bond between Tom and Jessica is dramatically and powerfully-depicted, their emotional and physical connection spiralling with palpable intensity.
Unfortunately, the screenplay is frequently pedestrian, the narratives never straying far from comforting stereotypes: bourgeois parents confused at their daughter's transformation into good-girl-turned-bad; the laughable caricature of the 'creepy next-door neighbour'; the priest who closes his mind to what he doesn't want to hear; the attempt to portray causal lines (self-harm, smoking, drugs); the tired utilization of a Shakespearian under-story, etc. More broadly, the theme of unwanted experiences is typically facile and implausible; although on the positive side it does (perhaps unintentionally) illuminate the absurdity of the CSA myths, and adequately demonstrates that a genuine and effective 'right to say no' is pointless without a concomitant 'right to say yes'.
Nevertheless, such flaws in the script can be largely forgiven, if one avoids the one-dimensionality of the narratives on offer and instead concentrates on the overall mood of the piece, and the enthralling intensity of the Tom-Jessica pairing. On which note, mention must be made of Ben Whishaw (as Tom), who is really outstanding in his challenging role and ultimately carries this film. If for no other reason, MY BROTHER TOM is well worth watching for Ben Whishaw's exquisite and captivating performance.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category