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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 (UK) (26 September 2003)

Gross:

$767,240 (USA) (13 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 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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HAITIAN FIGHT SONG
Written by Charles Mingus
Performed by The Hung Drawn Quartet
Produced by David Byrne
Published by Jazz Workshop, Inc. (BMI)
Arranged by Raymond MacDonald
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Well-crafted film with strong performances and a pervading, restrained sadness that echoes its Beat heritage.
22 December 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Young Adam is a powerful and atmospheric drama set on the canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh during the 1950s.

Ewan McGregor is Joe, a drifter working on a barge, when he and his boss find a body in the canal. As he begins an affair with the bargeman's wife (Tilda Swinton), we find out more about his previous relationship with the drowned woman (Emily Mortimer).

Adapted from the novel by Scottish Beat writer Alexander Trocchi, Young Adam is, in some ways, a kitchen sink drama – a vivid picture of working class life in its unpleasant reality. One of the best examples of this type of film is Room at the Top (1959). But Young Adam has existentialist overtones: Joe is alienated and passive, and not only do his numerous sexual couplings offer him little pleasure, but in rejecting the only thing that could redeem him, he condemns himself to a meaningless life. This might sound too depressing, but screenwriter and director David Mackenzie gives the film great depth and sensuality. Very interesting. ****/***** stars.


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