This is probably Jamie Bell's first leading role since Billy Elliott (he has done some interesting character acting in between in films as huge as King Kong) and his acting is the best thing in it. To say be plays a peculiar little perve doesn't do him justice, but, in the end, it's difficult to relay in any other way what this film's about.
This is one of those films where you simply have no idea where it's heading: it starts off as though it's going to be a dark psychological thriller that is bound to end in tragedy, but somewhere along the line it transmutes into something a bit more quirky and whimsical - it wouldn't be too far off to bracket it as a romantic comedy.
It's the story of a troubled young man who becomes a voyeur, clambering around the roofs of Edinburgh and spying through skylights. If films about strange people are your cup of tea, you'll love it. As a character study, it's intriguing...though at times not completely believable.
Definitely worth having a look at, but tricky to pin down.
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