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Shane Meadows directs this warmhearted portrait of an unlikely friendship between two boys on the inner London housing estate of Somers Town. Both boys are newcomers to the city; Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) is a runaway from Nottingham, while Marek (Piotr Jagiello) is a young Pole who has come to London with his father - an alcoholic labourer working in the massive redevelopment taking place next door in Kings Cross. The two boys share an infatuation with a beautiful French waitress, Maria (Elisa Lasowski), and argue endlessly over who likes her the most. When Tomo finds himself homeless, he secretly moves into Marek's bedroom - but it is only a matter of time before Marek's dad finds out what is going on.
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Somers Town showcases the acting talents of Shane Meadows' regular Thomas Turgoose playing the (nearly) street-wise, 16-year old Tomo, who has made his way down from 'the North' (Nottingham, in fact), escaping from his broken family and trying to make his way in the Smoke (i.e. London) - in particular, in the Somers Town area near Kings Cross. Whilst Turgoose was undoubtedly impressive in This Is England, here he has an even more substantial role, being on screen virtually for the entire 68 minutes of this short film, and he more than lives up to what is required of the role, putting in an outstanding performance in his impressive portrayal of a mix of up front bravado (including some hilarious sequences) and underlying vulnerability. Director Meadows, together with his regular script-writer Paul Fraser, have constructed a beautifully poignant (and, by turns, funny and tragic) tale as Tomo meets up with lonely Polish immigrant Marek (an impressive film debut performance by Piotr Jagiello) and the two embark on a series of small-scale adventures. Acting-wise, Meadows completes his casting by including another of his regular collaborators, the marvellous Perry Benson, who delivers another hilarious turn as small-scale market trader, wit and wide boy Graham, Ireneusz Czop, who is impressive playing Makek's father Mariusz, and Elisa Lasowski as Maria, the girl with whom both Tomo and Marek become infatuated.
In Somers Town, Meadows' simple, realist approach to film-making is perfectly complemented by his chosen soundtrack, which comprises a beautifully atmospheric set of compositions written by Gavin Clark, with whom Meadows worked on his earlier films Twenty Four Seven and Small Time. The film is also impressively shot in black and white by cinematographer Natasha Braier, who has managed to strike a skilful balance between the run-down look of the London housing estates and the settings for some of the lighter, more romantic passages of the film. All these elements have been skilfully brought together by Meadows with the effect of transforming Somers Town from being a very insubstantial affair into something magical, and certainly worth its place in the oeuvre of one of the finest film directors working in the UK currently.
The DVD also includes a number of interesting extras including interviews with Messrs. Meadows, Turgoose, Jagiello and Benson on the making of Somers Town, and (most impressively) an insightful and educational Master Class at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, in which Meadows and Fraser describe in some detail their approach to film-making.
Filmed mostly in black and white, the movie is an insight into an unlikely friendship between two young teenagers called Tomo (played by 'This Is England' star Thomas Turgoose) and Marek (played by Piotr Jagiello). At first, it seems that both lads couldn't be more different from each other. Tomo is streetwise and has recently been released from social care, running away to London. There he meets Marek, a keen photographer who is quiet and sensitive. As things transpire, the lads find that they have more in common than they could have ever imagined. Both have had difficult home lives and appear to have no other friends. They have also fallen for the same girl who works in the cafe.
'Somers Town' was a simple story, but delightful and funny. Despite being very different from other Shane Meadows movies, I found it a refreshing change.
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