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Metroland (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 August 1998 (UK)
The sudden reappearance of his best friend Toni, after ten years absence, causes Chris to remember his past, to question some of his lifestyle decisions and to re-evaluate his life and marriage to Marion.

Director:

Philip Saville

Writers:

Julian Barnes (novel), Adrian Hodges (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Chris
Emily Watson ... Marion
Lee Ross ... Toni
Elsa Zylberstein ... Annick
John Wood ... The Retired Commuter
Rufus ... Henri
Amanda Ryan ... Joanna
Jonathan Aris ... Dave
Ifan Meredith ... Mickey
Boris Terral Boris Terral ... Jacques
Lucy Speed ... Punk Girl
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ... Middle-Aged Commuter
Bethan Fairbairn Bethan Fairbairn ... Amy
Daisy Fairbairn Daisy Fairbairn ... Amy
Del Bartle Del Bartle ... One of The Subverts
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Storyline

After ten years absence Toni, Chris's best friend, suddenly reappears in London to bring chaos and doubt into Chris's calm, tranquil, slightly boring, predictable life. Chris starts to remember his carefree youth as a photographer in Paris when he lived with and enjoyed a torrid affair with Annick. It was also in Paris that he first met and fell in love with Marion. The temptations and pressure exerted on Chris by Toni to return to their former carefree life of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll soon starts to have an impact on Chris's marriage. He starts to question his values, his lifestyle choices and his relationship with Marion and even suspects her of starting an affair with Toni whom she dislikes! Eventually circumstances come to a head and Chris is forced to decide whether to follow Toni back to the hedonistic, irresponsible life of his youth or face the harsh realities of the present and stay with Marion. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Metroland is not a location - it is a state of mind.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Spain | France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Keskellä elämää See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,682, 11 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$299,463, 6 June 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1977. See more »

Goofs

When sitting in the Pub talking about sleeping with "other" women and having sex with the same person for so long, the song heard on the juke-box in the background is Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing". Although an early version of the song had indeed been recorded in June 1977 and even received significant airplay in London, the particular version heard wasn't recorded until mid 1978. See more »

Quotes

The Retired Commuter: It doesn't matter where you go. Metroland isn't a place. It's a state of mind.
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Soundtracks

Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles
(1962)
Composed by Françoise Hardy and Roger Samyn
Performed by Françoise Hardy
©1962 by Editions Musicales Alpha, Paris
With the kind authorization of Jacques Wolfsohn
Courtesy of Disques Vogue/BMG Entertainment International, UK and Ireland Ltd.
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A great subtle movie with a great little message that everyone takes for granted
18 May 2004 | by nagarpoeSee all my reviews

The main character in Metroland embodies the crisis that every one of us has already or will probably go through. "Have we made the right choices in our lives to make ourselves happy?".

The movie portrays this character's search for the answers through flashbacks to his past as well as new events that are occurring in his present. The two paths that he could have taken were shown. He begins questioning if he had made the right choice with his current life. A life which he thought he would never want when he was younger and rebellious. The "9 to 5" job that we, or at least some of us, have all dreaded in fear of the death of our own creativity and individualism. The main male character basically is the imperfect hero with imperfect thoughts, much akin to the "hero" that we can hope to be at this day and age.

The last line in the movie, "If not now, then, never." is a line we always hear but take its meaning for granted. Truly, if happiness is not found in the moment..in the "now"..then, where else can it ever be?


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