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Small Time Obsession (2000)

Small Time Obsession is a story of love and betrayal set amongst South London's Polish community. Michael Korczynski has his heart set on training and racing greyhounds at his local stadium... See full summary »

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Small Time Obsession is a story of love and betrayal set amongst South London's Polish community. Michael Korczynski has his heart set on training and racing greyhounds at his local stadium but is under pressure from his father to take charge of the family delicatessen. Steve is an orphan with a passion for classic cars and John is a talented musician struggling to come to terms with hid depressed mother. Both out of loyalty as friends and the need to earn money to keep their dreams alive, all three do work for amiable wide-boy, Chris, who seems to be heading inevitably towards a life of crime. This is further underlined when Chris forms a relationship with small-time villain Geordie, who is, in turn to manoeuvre himself into the established underworld. Unsettled by Chris's increasingly criminal ambitions. Michael becomes torn between loyalty to his friend and his own needs and desires which include an, as yet undisclosed, infatuation with Chris'long-standing girlfriend, Ali. However ... Written by Jean Lejuez <travelling.cherbourg@wanadoo.fr>

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When desire is not enough.

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16 June 2000 (UK)  »

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Small Time Obsession- Are Poles Mad or What?
5 May 2000 | by (london,england) – See all my reviews

I'm not saying that there is something wrong with the Polish community but, if the new film by Piotr Szkopiak is anything to go by then lock up your daughters the Poles are coming! With exotic backdrops of the Woolich Ferry and Catford Dogs we watch how a love triangle grows, rages out of control and eventually comes to an extremely violent conclusion, helped along by a cast of quirky Polish mothers, Metro driving Geordies and well dressed Irish madmen.

Inspired location choices and clever filming techniques give the film a realistic edge to. The films pace is snappy and for a first feature, the script, (written by Mr Szkopiak) is outstanding. Only one minor criticism the scene lengths are in places too long and cutting a few minutes here and there could easily remedy this making the film nothing short of perfect!

So what's next from Mr Szkopiak? Well we can but wait with hushed anticipation!


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