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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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Cast

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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 ...
Police Officer
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Kate
Jamie Sives ...
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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Budget:

£3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£132,972 (UK) (31 August 2007)

Gross:

$59,255 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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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 »

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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 »

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[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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Published by Chrysalis
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Heartfelt drama with a terrific angry young man
31 July 2007 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

Since Hallam's (Jamie Bell) mother died two years ago, he has detached himself from life, watching (even spying) the people from a distance, going as far as breaking in and searching their closets. He despises his stepmother (a surprisingly matured Claire Forlani) who he suspects of having murdered his mom. So Hallam takes off from the Scottish countryside to Glasgow, where he prowls the roofs, and finds a girl eerily resembling his mother. Revealing more of the story wouldn't do it justice. Jamie Bell masterfully plays an angry young man, reminiscing of Holden Caulfield. The film creates magical sequences, sports a wry northern humour, and doesn't shy away from exploring the feeling of loss and pain. Although the plot background relies too much on textbook psychology, HALLAM FOE remains a kindhearted, lively drama beyond the streamline tearjerkers. 7/10


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