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Hallam Foe (2007)

Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

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Ruth Milne ...
Jenny (as Ruthie Milne)
John Paul Lawler ...
Carl
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Verity
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Lucy
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Julius
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Kilt Man
John Comerford ...
Grumpy Glaswegian
Gerry Cleary ...
Grumpy Glaswegian
Paul Blair ...
Raincoat Man
Neil McKinven ...
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Kate
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Alasdair
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Raymond (as Maurice Roeves)
Stuart Hepburn ...
Police Inspector
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The seventeen year-old Hallam Foe is a weird teenager that misses his mother, who committed suicide by drowning in a lake near their house in Edinburgh after an overdose of sleeping pills. Hallam spends his spare time peeping at the locals and blames his stepmother Verity Foe, accusing her of killing his mother. After a discussion with his father Julius Foe, Hallam sneaks out from his house and travels to Edinburgh, where he sees Kate Breck and becomes obsessed with her because of her resemblance to his mother. Kate hires Hallam to work in the kitchen of the hotel where she works and they have a strange romance, while Hallam reaches his maturity in the hardest way. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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31 August 2007 (UK)  »

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Mister Foe  »

Box Office

Budget:

£3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£132,972 (UK) (31 August 2007)

Gross:

$59,255 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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Trivia

Although much of Hallam Foe is filmed in central Edinburgh, the film avoids showing Edinburgh Castle, which is visible from many of the real life locations. See more »

Goofs

Hallam works in the Balmoral Hotel at the East end of Princes Street, yet all shots of the staff entrance to the hotel are clearly the Caledonian Hotel at the West end of the Street. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jenny: [to Hallam] You're dead. You're fucking dead! I'll get my brother on to you.
Carl: [to Jenny] Jen, come back, wait!
Carl: [to Hallam] If that was a joke, it wasn't a bit fucking funny. And I'd look out for her brother, he's fucking mental.
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Hallam Foe Dandelion Blow
Written by Alex Kapranos (as Kapranos) / Nick McCarthy (as McCarthy)
Performed by Franz Ferdinand
Published by Universal Music Publishing
Courtesy of Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
And in conjunction with Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment
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entertainingly wayward
6 September 2007 | by (london uk) – See all my reviews

Excellent performances, including a beautiful one by the city of Edinburgh, are what make this erratic movie worth seeing. Jamie Bell is very endearing, and demonstrates a wide emotional range (compare and contrast dull American actors like Ryan Phillippe and Matt Damon). He's well supported by, amongst others, Sophia Myles, Jamie Sives, that wonderful old stager Maurice Roeves and, in an splendid cameo, Ewan Bremner.

The story loses itself in unconvincing melodrama towards the end, which is a pity. Up till then it's an eccentric, entertainingly wayward affair, with a sparky script, good photography and lively editing.


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