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This Year's Love (1999)

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A group of thirtysomethings flit around Camden Town swapping partners in search of love, lust and life.

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The marriage of Danny and Hannah spectacularly crashes during the reception when the bride's best friend tells the groom that the bride is having an affair with her husband! The shock wave of chaos that spreads out from this one event touches the lives of a diverse group of the thirtysomethings that inhabit the Camden Town area of London. Hannah immediately leaves the reception and gets drunk and ends up in bed with the unwashed artist Cameron who shares a flat with a nerdy comic book enthusiast Liam, who in turn starts an ill-advised affair with society dropout single-mother Sophie. Danny meanwhile moves on and embarks on a relationship with a struggling singer Mary, whom he met at the airport on his way to his lonesome honeymoon. This partner-swapping merry-go-round continues for two years until a semblance of normality asserts itself and Danny and Hannah decide to drop everything and embark on their long delayed honeymoon. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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19 February 1999 (UK)  »

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£893,505 (UK) (19 February 1999)

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£3,488,861 (UK) (19 March 1999)
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A huge star in the UK now, the then relatively unknown David Gray makes an appearance as the Singer/Guitar player in Kathy Burke's band. 'This Years's Love' is also one of his song titles. See more »

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[a sleepy Cameron is less than enthusiastic to find Mary in bed with him]
Mary: It's all right, mate. You've woken up with a fat bird. I'll get me coat.
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References Crash (1996) See more »

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Just Looking
Performed by Stereophonics
Composed by Kelly Jones (as Jones) / Richard Jones (as Jones) / Stuart Cable (as Cable)
Produced by Bird & Bush
Mixed by Al Clay
Published by Polygram/Island Music
p. 1999 V2 Music Limited
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Hilarious, very entertaining
15 December 2014 | by (whakamaru) – See all my reviews

Great movie, even if the plot is a bit flimsy.

I straight-away rated it a 10 because it meets all five of my tests

1. I can follow the story, I never have to ask "what is happening here". That is good writing and directing. (both David Kane)

2. I know who the characters are. I don't have to ask "who is this and what are they doing here".

3. Superb acting, not only the seven main characters, but the others and even the uncredited extras too. That takes good directing to make sure it all happens.

4. Several memorable scenes that stand out for their meaning for the whole movie.

5. Really good dialogue. The right words at the right time.

OK, it's not really a story, more a lot of incidents that are skilfully, if loosely tied together. Do real people live like this? I don't, but I've enjoyed watching and listening. Three men and three women rotate partners over the course of two years, and a seventh has a girl-girl incident which fits in with all the other events. It starts with such a happy wedding, but that crashes at the reception when Danny(Douglas Henshell) trashes the wedding cake and storms out. The bride Hannah (Catherine McCormack) is in tears and heads of to the pub to get 'steamboats'. Two years later, they reconnect and head off for the much delayed honeymoon. How sweet.

In between, there is an especially good scene on an escalator at a tube station. Hannah going down, Danny going up. They try to chat for a bit, then both turn to take a second look as the stairs take them apart. Very telling. Later, Danny comes to the Supermarket where Hannah is on a check-out and makes a moving, emotional speech. It works.

A great performance from Jennifer Ehle too, especially a rather sad scene. There is only one silly scene, Marey and Liam bed-wrestling, with Liam still in his undies… and I 'm wondering, maybe that's how they do sex in Camden? Silly, but hilarious too. A final brief dialogue clip, Danny at the airport bar "She's not going to come…" and the guy next to him says… "I can't imagine why". But Hannah does run in and off they go to Corfu. Great.


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