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Young Adam (2003)

NC-17 | | Crime, Drama | 26 September 2003 (UK)
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A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

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David Mackenzie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Joe Taylor
Tilda Swinton ... Ella Gault
Peter Mullan ... Les Gault
Emily Mortimer ... Cathie Dimly
Jack McElhone ... Jim Gault
Therese Bradley Therese Bradley ... Gwen
Ewan Stewart ... Daniel Gordon
Stuart McQuarrie Stuart McQuarrie ... Bill
Pauline Turner Pauline Turner ... Connie
Alan Cooke Alan Cooke ... Bob M'bussi
Rory McCann ... Sam
Ian Hanmore ... Freight Supervisor
Andrew Neil Andrew Neil ... Barman
Arnold Brown Arnold Brown ... Bowler Hat Man
Meg Fraser Meg Fraser ... Stall Woman
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Joe, a rootless young drifter, finds work on a barge travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh, owned by Les and his wife Ella. One afternoon they discover the corpse of a young woman floating in the water. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and suspect is arrested, we discover that Joe knows more than he is letting on. Gradually we learn of Joe's past relationship with the dead woman. Meanwhile an unspoken attraction develops between Joe and Ella, heightening the claustrophobic tensions in the confined space of the barge. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven Adán See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£228,692 (United Kingdom), 28 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,278, 18 April 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$767,240, 15 August 2004
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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This was the first film which Mcgregor did not take his family along for the shoot. See more »

Goofs

The chords heard as Les plays the guitar change, but his fingers don't move. See more »

Quotes

Ella Gault: Say hello to Joe.
Joe Taylor: Alright?
Jim Gault: Bastard.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version contains a sex scene featuring Ewan McGregor. The MPAA has cut it from the US release for 2004. See more »

Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

THE GREAT WESTERN ROAD
Written & Performed by David Byrne
Published by Moldy Fig Music (BMI)
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Quietly Sexually Charged
31 May 2004 | by gcrokusSee all my reviews

One of the more quietly desperate films of recent past, Young Adam is an interesting study of lower working class characters - working poor, perhaps – set against an idyllic Scotland river life we have probably never seen. That working barges ply streams with bridges so narrow that crew must guide the craft along by kicking the tunnel-like sides of passage and canals and rivers are so pastorally picturesque is an awfully artful examination of a simpler time.

Joe (Ewan McGregor), a hired hand laboring on a barge-of-all-trades is the bad-boy promiscuous lover of any and all girls within contact. Torrid sex with any and all of them is his single-minded purpose, we gather at first. But we quickly find he 1.) is or was a writer – (failed or perhaps more correctly never-started) 2) is linked to a body found in a river and 3) is seemingly incapable of or devoid of emotion. But we are going to alter some our judgments of Joe as more is revealed.

Sexual promiscuity confined to abrupt, even relentless encounters is the main character's focus even though we know it is as unfeelingly given as it seems to be received. In one encounter, nearly violent in its depiction, we cannot see the face of his partner as she cries (or is she laughing?). Interestingly lit, we marvel at this singularly stark depiction of lust. Ella (Tilda Swinton) and her husband Les (Peter Mullan) have employed Joe on their barge and it is not long before we see how Joe has changed the dynamic in the marriage. It is with Les that Joe recovers the body of a woman floating in the river. Curiously Joe cannot manage the use of a boat hook to snare the woman's body; Les has to take over.

The story becomes one of determining who the woman is and how she fits into the story. Through flashbacks we see a disturbing development as as the police investigation of the dead woman ensues; we continue to follow this thread through the course of the film.

The music chosen for the film is unmemorable, but that may serve us well in that it is never a distraction. Time passes during the course of the story, but it could be a week, perhaps six months.

An interesting film, the title has been bandied about for its Biblical reference but reveals little about the matters at hand. In the final analysis the only surprise found in the movie is when a prominent figure merely disappears; consistent with the tempo, it is a profoundly quiet moment. Disturbing at every turn, this is a film charged with raw sexuality and should be seen to appreciate naturalistic film.


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