At an undisclosed location and time an Empress has seven years to provide her Emperor with an heir to his throne. If she does not succeed during this time, the Emperor is free to marry a ... See full summary »
Jonathan Rhys Meyers,
Mark is a wannabe actor, penniless, clueless, and inept. He cares for a brother who's paraplegic, and he has a girlfriend, Sally, who wants out of the relationship. His idea of life is to go to the occasional audition, dodge his landlord (having spent the rent money Sally gave him), give Sally a hang-dog look, and talk with Pearce, who lives upstairs. Mark's flat is in disrepair: the kitchen window slams shut, bits of plaster fall from the ceiling, a bulb fizzes, and the sitting-room chandelier sways. When an awful accident happens, Mark freezes, which precipitates additional accidents; he finally calls Pearce, perhaps the worst decision possible. Will Mark come to his senses? Written by
So, what's going on?
I get to start? It's um, it's good, it was good. I, I got you a copy on DVD. And it's one of those medical... drama... hospital things.
Concerned neighbor. This the part here?
Doesn't really matter whether he looks like, does it?
I was going to say, uh, I really like the script.
It's a good script.
Okay thank you...
Great, thanks Martin.
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This requires a little suspension of disbelief. An appreciation of the deftness of the actors helps. If you have a little background in Beckett, there are some more resonances. Both Moran and Doherty know how to spin the story, lend credibility to the scenario. It is a tribute to their intelligence as actors that the premise engages you and holds your attention. Watching them is a delight as they portray their downbeat characters with warmth and affection. Their synergy and subtlety makes this a low-key delight. If action, cgi and high-octane blockbusters are your bag, stay away. Otherwise, enjoy the wittiness of this small scale gem and celebrate the fact that such pictures get into circulation at all in such cash-straightened times.
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