Or "Horny Adam". At first this appears to be a mere erotic drama, with McGregor having sex just about every 5 minutes (real time), with any of the four women he conquers here with ease. But, as the flashbacks start appearing it becomes obvious he used to have an affair with the dead woman, as well. (Not while she was dead; it's not that kind of movie, fortunately.) The real surprise comes after we find out that it was an accident, and a very strange one. So anyway, a totally innocent man is accused and found guilty of the "murder", and we see Ewan wrestling with his conscience i.e. whether to or how to help the poor schluck, while of course perpetually wrestling with various women in their beds. We also find out he's a failed writer. In the end he doesn't do too much to save the guy who's about to be hanged for that accident. He finally leaves Swinton, whose sister he also had sex with, and then he does what ? Well, it's…
Just a few words of recommendation. This is masterfully understated and as others have already said, all about the performances, the script, the scenery, the way of life. It is very much a Scots film that meets with the 'Scottish Screen' proud tradition of quality writing, acting, direction, photography and tacit social commentary. This is almost documentary in its feel, raising questions of morality with the cold detachment of the post-mortem room.The film is not relentlessly dark. There are moments of playfulness and some very bleak Scots humour. Overall, it is a good performance by Ewan McGregor but which is only made possible by some very strong supporting work by Peter Mullan, Tilda Swinton and Emily Mortimer.
It seems like everyone loves this film and it sure won the BAFTAs. But I found it dreary, sordid, and slow. Slowness doesn't usually kill a film for me, but in this case, I was constantly impatient to get out of the various bedrooms and into something more fitting to my usual tastes.I will say that I loved watching Tilda Swinton, but then I always do. She's a doll. She doesn't try for glamor in this, and yet she is quietly glamorous.And I did enjoy the scenery, but then scenery from the British isles always pleases me. The cinematography was good.However, it did seem so immersed in sex and sometimes perverse and sordid in the graphic portrayal.Well, somebody said it isn't for everyone and I guess I'm one of the guys it isn't for.
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