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Young Adam (2003)

NC-17 | | Crime, Drama | 26 September 2003 (UK)
A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

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Therese Bradley ...
Gwen
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Daniel Gordon
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Bill
Pauline Turner ...
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Joe, a rootless young drifter, finds work on a barge travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh, owned by Les and his wife Ella. One afternoon they discover the corpse of a young woman floating in the water. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and suspect is arrested, we discover that Joe knows more than he is letting on. Gradually we learn of Joe's past relationship with the dead woman. Meanwhile an unspoken attraction develops between Joe and Ella, heightening the claustrophobic tensions in the confined space of the barge. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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26 September 2003 (UK)  »

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El joven Adán  »

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Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£228,692 (UK) (26 September 2003)

Gross:

$767,240 (USA) (13 August 2004)
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Ewan McGregor's nude scenes were originally going to be cut from the U.S. release, but after McGregor objected, the full-frontal nude scenes were put back in. See more »

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The chords heard as Les plays the guitar change, but his fingers don't move. See more »

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Joe Taylor: I think she went to a bridge fully dressed and stood there breathing the warm night air. And she took off her jacket and folded it neatly on the ground. And then she unbuttoned her blouse and undid her brassiere and let it drop down on top of the other clothes. And she'd unbutton her skirt and let it slip down over her hips. And then she'd unroll her stockings and hold them out so that they blew in the breeze like penance before she let them float off into the night. And she'd shiver and ask ...
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Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

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THE RIO GRANDE
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Performed by Peter Mullan
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Hail Ewan McGregor!
17 September 2004 | by (Victoria BC Canada) – See all my reviews

Okay, this film isn't for everyone. A little dreary, a little bleak, and the love scenes weren't always attractive, but something in the dark simplicity got me.

McGregor is incredibly versatile, I didn't think once of the bohemian poet Christian, or of Obi Wan... he's taken on an unlikeable character with a slow moving plot and pulled it off beautifully.

Tilda Swinton plays the antithesis of a Hollywood seductress, which makes some of the love scenes uncomfortable, but refreshing. The acting, as a whole, is the entire film. The action between characters is subtle and intense, and although I may be biased as an Ewan fan, I thought it was perfect for a dark, rainy night!


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