A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working-class family sees his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working-class family sees his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working-class family sees his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.
Raymond, his wife Val, and her brother Billy live in a working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own. Raymond is generally rough, even violent, and that leads to problems in the family's life. —Gustaf Molin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oldman cuts to the bone
In Sturges' classic "Sullivan's Travels," a swank film director announces to his butler: "I'm going out on the road to find out what it's like to be poor and needy, and then I'm going to make a film about it." The butler snorts: "It you permit me to say Sir, the subject is not an interesting one. The poor know all about poverty, and only the morbid rich would find the topic glamorous." Love it or hate it, Nil by Mouth digs deep inside and never lets you go. Unlike Sullivan, Oldman had only to look inside himself to find his subject. He does an honest and remarkable job. Of course a film of this type is not going to win any Oscars - Oldman didn't make it to please anyone. Most will find this nihilistic and depressing, and they're right. Suffice to say, Oldman is a natural craftsman. If he continues to follow his heart and gut, who knows what else he might accomplish. A remarkable debut.
- Nov 19, 1998
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