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A Changed Man (2003)

A high school reunion has a profound influence on a middle aged man and his life.

Director:

Jens Jonsson

Writer:

Jens Jonsson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rupert Procter Rupert Procter ... Christopher (as Rupert Proctor)
Victor McGuire ... Tony
Eoin McCarthy Eoin McCarthy ... Boris
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Harry
Claire Rushbrook ... Anne Marie
Poppy Miller ... Sophie
Jake Wood ... Miles
Kate Fleetwood ... Joni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natasha Jenssen Natasha Jenssen ... Women in School Reunion
Philip Rosch ... Party Guest (as Phillip Rosch) (credit only)
Bethen Thorpe Bethen Thorpe ... Reunion guest
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Storyline

Chris is going to a reunion party at his old school in a depressing industrial area. He is uneasy, because he has bad memories from those days, and because he has changed a lot since then, while most of his old class-mates are still living in the same surroundings. When he meets them he tries to mix with them, but they seem embarrassed in his company and ignore him. After some drinks he starts dancing and wants others to join in. He tries to attract the others attention by becoming more and more daring. When he finally takes off all his clothes, he is carried away from the party. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Genres:

Drama | Short

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Country:

Sweden | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2003 (UK) See more »

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Stink Productions See more »
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Color
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An unsatisfying conclusion is a problem but otherwise this is a strong short that is worth seeing for many reasons
23 May 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In the back of a taxi, Chris heads to his old school for a reunion meal for his old class. Aside from some small talk, most people either ignore Chris of treat him with jokey contempt – happy to be shot of him when he eventually moves on to the next person. With the start of the music, Chris starts to really enjoy himself but his outlandish behaviour starts to worry some of the group, but their actions are to no avail. Meanwhile a man called Tony sits quietly in the corner of the room.

This film is an example of a short that is all about the delivery – meaning that while it is engaging and interesting to watch, it is somehow lacking in the conclusion. The story involves a man called Chris who we know has a story behind him because he is about as popular as a pork pie at a Jewish wedding as well as acting up more and more as the evening goes on. This is interesting because we don't know where it is going or what it behind it but it is less than satisfying in the conclusion because really it doesn't deliver by the end. It leaves questions and provides very little in the way of answers but this only affects the end.

The deliver throughout is great; the camera roves the gathering in long tracking shots, providing an interesting collection of characters that raises all manner of questions. It helps the narrative but also gives the film a real professional feel and it is all down to the good direction from Jonson. The acting is good, with Procter providing an interesting character and McGuire acting as the possible solution (shame it never totally comes).

Overall this is an interesting film that is worth seeing for all that it does well. It was a problem for me that it didn't provide a satisfying conclusion to what had been a strong story otherwise, but this is just a minor problem in a film that generally does everything else right.


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