- Actors: Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Ciarán Hinds, Jamie Sives, Maurice Roëves
- Directors: David MacKenzie
- Writers: David MacKenzie, Ed Whitmore
- Producers: Gillian Berrie
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
- DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2008
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000Z9ED40
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,237 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Bittersweet drama starring Jamie Bell. Hallam Foe (Bell) is almost over the sudden death of his mother when he begins to suspect that his beautiful stepmother, Verity (Claire Forlani), may have had a hand in her death. After a confrontation with Verity, Hallam escapes to Edinburgh. With no money and no friends, he finds his tree-top skills well suited to the rooftops of the city, where he lives ferally, attempting to avoid the perils of the streets below and becoming obsessed with a gorgeous girl (Sophia Myles) who happens to look just like his mother.
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Escaping from his childhood home - a castle in the Borders - Hallam heads for the dirt, grit, and romance of modern-day Edinburgh. Here he meets up with Kate, who in short succession becomes his boss, his lover, and his mother-substitute, a relationship born out of his "unedifying habit" of being a peeping tom.
I have some issues with the plot, but it does all (just about) hold together. However, I do feel the film's denouement could have been less imaginatively handled. (It somewhat beggars belief.) I fail to see why it was given an `18' rating; `15' would be more reasonable, it seems to me.
In his commentary, director David Mackenzie explains the juggling he had to do between the realism of Hallam's existence and Hallam's internal fairy-tale world. He also points out where live-action ended and studio-action began. I must admit to not seeing any element of CGI, which shows how brilliantly it was done. Other extras on my DVD include five deleted scenes, and twenty-three minutes of behind-the-scenes interviews and action.
`Hallam Foe' is, then, both an entertaining film and a sharp comment on the loss of a loved one. An exceptionally good cast under fine direction ensures the film never loses the interest of the viewer who can only end up wishing the best for Hallam.
He gets in all sorts of trouble when he leaves his father and stepmother to go and live and work in Edinburgh, where he meets someone who looks like his late mother and then starts a relationship with her.
The soundtrack is great and goes well with the beautiful shots of Edinburgh city from on high. There's not much of a story and normally that sounds like a negative. If you ask me what it was about, I can't really say - other than I loved it. It's touching without ever being sentimental and you actually care about the damaged characters you're watching.
Plus there's a great scene that lists all the names you'll ever need to know concerning - well - body parts (if you know what I mean).
Hallam Foe is a quirky - off-beat story of loss, set in the beautiful Old-Town of Edinburgh. Though Hallam displays an unusual talent for 'breaking and entering' it is his intense fascination with 'watching' which some might find unnerving.
At the beginning of the film, the viewer will have little clue as to what the film is about or where it is going, but the performances and locations are so entrancing as to hold the attention long enough to peel back the layers of his character and his internal rationalisations.
At times slightly dark - the film does leave you feeling 'better' and wanting more. Bell's raw vulnerability in character coupled to the occasional flash of a heart-melting smile completely draw you in. His naked ambition to show all of his talent is very much evident and if you can suspend some disbelief and enjoy the more realistic - you will enjoy the film.
By the way - his Scots accent is impressive as is his mature and very honed physique.
This Geordie deserves to go very, very far. Well done Jamie - for picking a project that is worthy!
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from a happy Customer Gillian Brown
Set to a good soundtrack, excellent camera work and some very good acting and it turns out very well.
Bell is convincing in the role and is well-supported by the other cast members. Worth watching, even if it won't figure in any all time top 10.
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