The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control. Written by
The films Portuguese title "Pequenos Crimes Entre Amigos" translates to "Petty Crimes Between Friends" in English. See more »
When they are watching the home movie recored with their new camera there is a shot of Juliet and Alex in the bath, showing the very camcorder the clip is being filmed on. See more »
You paid 500 pounds for this?
That's what it cost, David.
No, no, that's what you paid for it. 500 pounds is what you paid for it. We don't know how much it cost us yet. For you two to have a good time, we don't know the cost of that yet.
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The closing credits appear over images of the three main characters in happier times, ironically all laughing hysterically. See more »
Cold blooded thriller has murderous money scheme go awry...
SHALLOW GRAVE is a mean spirited, cold-blooded Scottish thriller,
stylishly directed with three interesting performances from EWAN
McGREGOR, KERRY FOX and CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON, as roommates with a
deadly secret--a fourth roommate who died in bed with a trunk full of
money hidden underneath the bed.
Discovery of the money has the three of them wondering whether to
simply report it to the police or share the spoils of a dead man. The
temptation to keep the money is too much and they work out a scheme on
how to get rid of the body. Telling any more would be giving away what
turns into a very gripping tale of suspense with the crime ripping
apart their loyalties and their friendship turning deadly. None of the
three are likable characters with their shallow, iconoclastic values.
It's no great surprise when they turn on each other.
It's full of irony and none of that irony is lost on the viewer who
will never look at trusting relationships the same way again.
The performances are all top-notch with some excellent supporting work
from the entire cast. It's the kind of film Alfred Hitchcock would have
been proud to call his own with a twist at the end.
A dark tale, relieved by bits of humor (mainly from Ewan McGregor, who
comes up with some clever lines). Well worth watching, it's disturbing
in some of the more graphic scenes of violence, but well worth watching
for the final payoff.
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