Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own.Written by
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The song sung by Johnny and Louise near the film's end, "Take me back to Manchester when it's raining", was one Mike Leigh used to sing with his friends in Habonim ("the Builders"), the international socialist Jewish youth movement he joined as a schoolboy. After the film was released Leigh heard from a retired schoolmaster at Stand Grammar in Prestwich who had written the song for a school review in 1950. See more »
What if God just put us here for his own entertainment? That's all we are - just something for him to have a bit of a laugh at?
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Without a doubt, Mike Leigh's Naked is one of the most brilliant examples of filmmaking I have ever seen.
David Thewlis is nothing short of genius as the aimless Johnny, a combustible combination of brilliance and depression, who's mere presence in anyone's purview contaminates and destroys with the effectiveness of Round-Up.
Mesmerizing and fast-paced, there is no shortage of excellence in the smaller plots and characters: Greg Cruttwell is spectacular as the pompous, nouveau-riche Jeremy, and the two female leads, Leslie Sharp and Katrin Cartlidge provide well balanced juxtaposition as two very different femmes damaged.
Not for the faint of heart, Naked will test one's own philosophy, and leave you stripped bare.
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