Young Adam

2003

Action / Crime / Drama

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Ewan McGregor as Joe Taylor
Tilda Swinton as Ella Gault
Emily Mortimer as Cathie Dimly
Peter Mullan as Les Gault
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English 2.0
NC-17
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1 hr 37 min
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English 5.1
NC-17
24 fps
1 hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Chris_Docker 8 / 10

A jewel at the coal face

Dark, bleak and brooding, Young Adam is a film charged with unexploded tension throughout. Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton are superb in the lead roles, conveying much in unspoken guilt as barge hand McGregor engages in an ill-advised affair with his boss's wife. The body of a dead woman appearing in the Clyde leads to a trail of unravelling that leaves a queasy feeling in the stomach right to the very end of the film (and only then do we realise the significance of the title).

Set in 1950s Glasgow this sombre recreation is a testament to Scottish art house film making (even if they did have to go abroad for much of the funding). The raw sexuality in the grittiest of surroundings is transformed by aesthetic cinematography into explosive beauty as we explore the innermost drives of the characters and work through their dilemmas with them.

Reviewed by rosscinema 7 / 10

A measure of guilt

This film is based on the novel by Alexander Trocchi and those that have read it may find more insight to certain scenes while others may consider this a let down but my own personal view is that it's an interesting film about cynical characters that still feel guilt about their own actions. Story takes place in the early 1960's in Scotland where we see three characters and a small boy living and working on a river barge. Joe Taylor (Ewan McGregor) works for Les Gault (Peter Mullan) who's married to Ella (Tilda Swinton) and they work and live on their barge Atlantic Eve going back and forth from Edinburgh to Glasgow. One day Joe and Les fish the body of a woman out of the river and call the police who take her away but the authorities have a difficult time figuring out who she is and how she ended up in the river.

*****SPOILER ALERT*****

Joe and Ella start an affair but it doesn't take long before Les finds out and since the barge is owned by Ella it's Les who moves out but while all this is going on the police have found out that the woman in the river has been identified and was dating a married plummer who is now on trial for murder. What everyone doesn't know is that Joe knows the woman and her name is Cathie (Emily Mortimer) and he knows how she died but he doesn't tell anyone the circumstances that could free the man on trial.

Directed by David Mackenzie this intriguing little film is reminiscent of the film noir efforts of the 1940's and 1950's although with all the sex and nudity it's certainly one that is played for modern art house audiences. The cast is exceptional and both McGregor and Swinton have built their impressive careers by being able to play such diverse roles and this is no exception. Mullan with his terrific face is one of those great characters actors who never gives a bad performance and he appears born to play a tough guy who works on a river barge. On the surface the story for this film has it's characters behaving like cold hearted cynics incapable of any type of sorrow or pity for others but if you take a good look what this film really is about is unrelenting guilt. Joe does feel guilt for his actions and Ella for her husband Les and the three of them are compelled by the trial of the plummer. Even though their guilt is stemmed for different reasons it seems to bring them to the same place but the film shows that not everyone acts out on their guilt for moral reasons. It's a hard story about tough skinned characters who seem at odds about their morality and that's what makes this film so intriguing.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 7 / 10

One of the Coldest and Most Amoral Characters Ever

In Glasgow, the drifter of few words Joe Taylor (Ewan McGregor) is working in an old boat with the sailor Les Gault (Peter Mullan) and his wife Ella Gault (Tilda Swinton) transporting coal and other cargoes through the River Clyde. While loading the hold with coal, they find the body of a young woman wearing petticoat floating on the river and they bring it to the harbor. Joe recalls through flashbacks his relationship with his former mistress Cathie Dimly (Emily Mortimer), while he seduces Ella in a carnal attraction, having sex with her in the absence of Les. When the police arrest a suspect of the murder of woman, Joe becomes interested in the case, while his thoughts disclose the truth about the death of the victim.

"Young Adam" is a weird low paced movie, with an original screenplay, a claustrophobic and erotic story, great performances and excellent study and development of characters. Ewan McGregor is amazing in the role of one of the coldest and most amoral characters ever, who just speaks few words but is successful with lonely women. The sweet and gorgeous Emily Mortimer performs a woman in love that subjects herself to humiliating situations. Tilda Swinton is also fantastic in the role of a worker and mother with a wasted marriage, totally negligent with her appearance that finds that she is a woman capable of loving a man. The screenplay discloses the plot through flashbacks and in spite of being low paced, keeps the attention to the very end. The realistic story is sad and pessimist as the gray image of Scotland, without any redemption in the end. The music score of David Byrne fits perfectly to the mood and the atmosphere. I have not understood the title of this movie, which has no explanation along the story. Last but not the least, a barge is a vessel without propulsion, which is not the case of the propelled boat "Atlantic Eve". My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Pecados Ardentes" ("Heat Sins")

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