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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 »

Quotes

Alexander Masters: Alexander: If you had to change one thing about your life, what would it be?
Stuart Shorter: Stuart: Well, how much is one thing?
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24 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie expecting something formulaic and contrived, the trailers seemed to bait you using voyeuristic clips with dramatic lighting and contrasting images, but it turns out this is a true story and the writer cleverly manages to play with your feelings to get you to dislike the main character. I fell into this trap and actually found Stuart really annoying to begin with but by the end of this movie his life story unravels and you realise how easy it is to judge people on face value. It's a remarkable and sad story that has elements we must all connect with, either through guilt or empathy, I was absorbed. Alexander Masters manages to show us a real life story that mocks all the the trivial, money-spinning, pathetic and ridiculous books that publishers churn out from the likes of tit-models like Jordan or Robbie Williams.


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