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Young Adam (2003)

NC-17 | | Crime, Drama | 26 September 2003 (UK)
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

El joven Adán  »

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Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£228,692 (United Kingdom), 28 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,278, 18 April 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$767,240, 15 August 2004
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After finding the body, Joe is sitting on a bucket at the dockside, a famous pose of that Dundonian cartoon rascal Oor Wullie, whose own father used to work on the docks. See more »

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The position of the arms, and also the rag covering the body, change. See more »

Quotes

Joe Taylor: [after having sex with Ella] Are you sorry?
Ella Gault: Fat lot of good that would do me.
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Referenced in Long Way Round (2004) See more »

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Sex On The Docks
Cello performed by Caroline Barber
Hurdy Gurdy performed by Alasdair Roberts
Music Composed by David Byrne
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A jewel at the coal face
13 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Dark, bleak and brooding, Young Adam is a film charged with unexploded tension throughout. Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton are superb in the lead roles, conveying much in unspoken guilt as barge hand McGregor engages in an ill-advised affair with his boss's wife. The body of a dead woman appearing in the Clyde leads to a trail of unravelling that leaves a queasy feeling in the stomach right to the very end of the film (and only then do we realise the significance of the title).

Set in 1950s Glasgow this sombre recreation is a testament to Scottish art house film making (even if they did have to go abroad for much of the funding). The raw sexuality in the grittiest of surroundings is transformed by aesthetic cinematography into explosive beauty as we explore the innermost drives of the characters and work through their dilemmas with them.


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