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I Want You (1998)

A young boy and his sister are drawn into one man's obsessive pursuit of his former lover.

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Eoin McNamee (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Helen
Alessandro Nivola ... Martin
Luka Petrusic ... Honda
Labina Mitevska ... Smokey
Paul Popplewell ... Phonebox Man
Ben Daniels ... Bob
Graham Crowden ... Old Man
Geraldine O'Rawe ... Sonja
Steve John Shepherd ... Sam
Phyllida Law ... Woman at Hairdresser #1
Mary MacLeod ... Woman at Hairdresser #2
Kenny Doughty ... Smokey's Friend
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Flowers Salesman
Julian Rivett ... Billy
Julie Smith Julie Smith ... Young Woman
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Storyline

Helen is a young woman running a hairdressing salon; Bob is her boyfriend and local radio DJ; Honda is a mute kid who's secretly taping people's conversation and Smokey is Honda's sister who sings at local bar. New guy in town is the mysterious Martin, who shares some dark history with Helen and observes her from afar at first. Honda falls in love with Helen and starts taping her conversations with Bob, and that leads to reactivation of the Helen-Martin relationship. Written by Anonymous

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What she wants, she gets. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Quotes

Helen: Why didn't you tell me that you were out?
Martin: Thought I'd give you a little surprise, you know.
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Connections

Features Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleepwalking
Written by David Bartlett and Ben Morris
Performed by Violet
Copyright Bartlett/Morris 1997
Recording courtesy of Violet/Tony Morris
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Continental England
11 January 1999 | by Dr GonzoSee all my reviews

'I Want You' is unique, transcending British cinema in one easy leap. What the film offers that makes it special is a portrait of obsessive desire and compulsion framed quite brazenly in an English coastal town. Cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (of Three Colours Red/White and Blue fame) commits to celluloid a most distinct and unfamiliar slice of life in a claustrophobic town, complimented superbly with Winterbottom's direction.

The cast although largely unknown (with the exception of Weisz and Nirvola) effortlessly demand attention and understanding and the development of these characters is really what the film is all about.

'I Want You' consciously refers back to cult films like 'Red Rock West' and 'Romeo is Bleeding' and here it seems Micheal Winterbottom may just have produced an English answer.


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Country:

UK

Release Date:

30 October 1998 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,242, 6 June 1999

Gross USA:

$1,672

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,672
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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