I would not recommend this to anyone. What a waste of an evening. It might be an age thing but I could not find the point in it. I'm in my late 40's. The male subject is a total **** and I really don't know what else to say. If you are looking for entertainment don't bother with this one.
A vibrant film full of energy and charm. The two lead actors are fabulous and make an interesting couple to watch and to eavesdrop in on their world. The sex in the film is refreshingly honest and 'real', and I found it fantastic to be confronted with the 'bits' of both of them (usually the male body gets not nearly as much coverage, if any). The film felt slightly rough around the edges at times, possibly because after a wonderful beginning being led into a film that felt like a character based film, it started to lean on a plot that felt a little awkward and contrived. But this oddly didn't at all detract from the film's fun and it held my interest the whole way through because it never let its energy or charm drop for an instant. I was left with a feeling of delight and a huge grin on my face. It's the kind of film you rarely see in the UK, so I would also recommend for that - to support some unique and brave filmmakers, refusing to make a film based on the expectations of the mainstream preconception of what a 'British' film should be (and for my part I don't believe many have the courage to do that, because they rarely get supported). Definitely one to watch.
Although I would only give this film three stars, its faults really should not put you off watching this brave and innovative piece.
First, the sex! Well, as others have mentioned, it does form the cornerstone of the story, and its gritty depiction is so refreshing compared to the airbrushed trash we're used to from bigger budget films. Personally I found it interesting more than erotic. I wouldn't in any way describe this film as porn, although I'm sure it will sell on its notoriety. Such brave performances from the two leads, I'm amazed at how far they let themselves go.
This film has still passed the certification process, so probably represents about as far as an 18 rating can go in 2011. Mostly, "harder" moments are implied or oblique. It does make you ponder what an 18 film will show in another 20 years.
So why only three from five? For me, I couldn't fully connect with the over-reached plot, nor the self-indulgent waster art student leads. Their characters were interesting, but they are basically both in need of a wash, some counselling and a proper job. However, even though I didn't like them, I totally got that they were perfect for each other, and this is where the film somehow manages to dredge up a feeling of sweet romance.
Ironically, towards the end "Brilliantlove" tries to poke fun at the same arthouse culture that it comes from itself.. almost some attempt to say I'm Too Cool Even For Art School. Didn't really pull it off, it's not that clever, and when all's said and done the story is pretty standard fare in essence.
It is very creditable though, and as a Northern lad myself I think it's fantastic that it was produced and shot in the North, even though it did little to really break any sterotypes. It's important to show that there really is talent in the country outside of London.
So, a very fresh film that makes you think, let down by some contrivances and pretensions - but please do watch if you're reading these reviews, it is something very different and still worthwhile.
I had read a review of this film on its release and thought it sounded like another 9 Songs. Far from it, it has likeable leads and an actual storyline. Although the leads are relavtive newcomers, they do an excellent job and you believe in their love. Manchester takes photos of Noon when they are making love etc...the photos get into the hands of a wealthy pornographer and connoisseur of erotica. He persuades Manchester to show the photos at an art exhibition. When Noon finds out, she is upset and their relationship is put to the test. Well worth a watch.
I love this film , yes it is explicit but never cheap titilation . Nancy Trotter Landy is wonderful , sexy real woman . She doesnt pout or flirt with the camera or pull those ridiculous sex faces so loved by lovers in french movies . A fun quirky story and great northern countryside too . Brilliant .