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Meantime (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 July 1986 (USA)
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An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly retarded man living with his parents and brother in a housing ... See full summary »

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An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly retarded man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. He and his sarcastic manipulative brother still behave like teenagers, living with their parents, harassing each other. The problem is that they are in their late teens or twenties. Neighborhood characters include Hayley, a young woman with a crush on Colin, and Coxy (Gary Oldman) a violent local skinhead who befriends Colin. Trouble ensues when their wealthy aunt gives Colin a job and his brother becomes jealous. Written by Don Smith <dsmith@health.org>

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Feature film debut of Gary Oldman. See more »

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Mark: Muppet.
Colin: I am not a Muppet.
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Ridin' High and Handsome
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A searing indictment of contemporary Britain and the way it turns its citizens into jittery caricatures.
22 May 2001 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

'Meantime' is a modernist masterpiece, closer to Antonioni than Loach, all the more remarkable for having been made on TV, and transcending the incidentals of portentousness, contrivance and misogyny. Leigh doesn't simply record the monumental, faceless, soulless tenements that dwarf his characters, as a social-realist would: he allows them to shape his narrative, a rigid, static series of concrete tableaux. Leigh doesn't reduce his characters to caricature (a complaint often levelled against him)

  • Thatcherism does, by removing all those things - hope, work, dreams etc. -
that mark humanity and individuality. As bitterly angry and funny as 'Naked'.


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