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Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama  |  23 September 2007 (UK)
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A writer (Cumberbatch) takes a backwards look at the life of his unlikely friend Stuart (Hardy), a homeless alcoholic who experienced a traumatic event in his childhood.

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When Stuart Shorter - a homeless alcoholic with a violent past - meets writer and charity worker Alexander Masters, they strike up an unlikely friendship. As Alexander learns more about Stuart's complicated life and traumatic childhood, he asks if he can write his story and Stuart advises him to tell the story backwards, so that it's "More exciting - like a Tom Clancy murder mystery". As their remarkable alliance develops, Stuart gradually recounts his life story in reverse, his resilient personality and dry sense of humour giving the story an almost tragi-comic edge. Through post office heists, attempts at suicide and spells inside numerous institutions, Alexander is given a glimpse into a totally alien world and begins to understand how Stuart's life spiralled so badly out of control. Written by Anonymous

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The Post Office featured in 1979 and 1993 scenes is the former Post Office (now an empty shop) at Fen Ditton, near Cambridge. See more »

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When Alexander lets Stuart into his house for the first time (about 7-8 minutes into the film) the shadow of the camera falls on the door as he closes it. See more »

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Stuart Shorter: [pointing to a book titled 'Mauve'] This one... what's this one about?
Alexander Masters: The colour mauve.
Stuart Shorter: How do they fucking get away with this?
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A must-see for fans of Tom Hardy or Benedict Cumberbatch
16 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This BBC movie is fabulous.

It's a true story, based on the book of the same title.

Tom Hardy is Stuart Shorter, a gifted but troubled homeless man.

Benedict Cumberbatch is author Alexander Masters, who accidentally befriends him and finds him delightful company.

This is a must-see for fans of either of those actors.

Unexpected, real, quirky, funny, touching, and weird or occasionally disturbing, but not excessively so.

Mainly fascinating.

It's very well acted, and a moving film.

The film unfolds in a fascinating way, and is easy to follow and understand, while at the same time being very moving.

Definitely worth seeking out and viewing!


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