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The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

Robert Carmichael, is a talented cello player in the town of Newhaven. He becomes associated with several other unsavory teenagers and he is soon tempted into the use of hard drugs like cocaine and ecstasy.


Thomas Clay
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Credited cast:
Nikki Albon Nikki Albon ... Newsreader
Zoey Campbell Zoey Campbell ... Charlotte
Stephanie de Whalley Stephanie de Whalley ... Siobhan
Phil Deguara Phil Deguara ... PC Gibbons
Aren Devlin Aren Devlin ... Rose Franklin
Rob Dixon Rob Dixon ... John Kramer
Danny Dyer ... Larry Haydn
Sam Gurney Sam Gurney ... Toby
Michael Howe ... Jonathan Abbott
Ami Instone Ami Instone ... Marie
Stuart Laing Stuart Laing ... Stuart Reeves
Mick Larkin Mick Larkin ... Roy Kingsley
Lesley Manville ... Sarah Carmichael
Corinna McFarlane Corinna McFarlane ... Student Teacher
Charles Mnene ... Ben


An introverted, socially awkward, middle-class youth, Robert Carmichael, is a talented cello player but is bored by his existence in the coastal town of Newhaven. He becomes associated with several other unsavory teenagers and is soon tempted into the use of hard drugs like cocaine and ecstasy. Robert initially does not take part in the rape of a teenage girl in a squalid flat with the gang, but later joins in another violent attack on a middle-aged couple, with the woman involved being viciously raped. Written by Noel Kardaris

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poor psychology
29 January 2006 | by jeroen000See all my reviews

I saw this movie on the film festival of Rotterdam (jan '06) and followed the discussion between director and public afterwards. Many people reacted shocked and protesting. He will get a lot of negative critics. But: the world is cruel like this, and it's not funny. People don't like it. That itself doesn't mean that the movie is bad. I can see that difference. Don't shoot the messenger that shows us the world outside our 'hubble'! Nevertheless I think this a bad movie. Film-technically it's a good one. Nice shots and script, most good fitting music, great actors. The director pretends to make a psychological movie, - the psychology however is of poor quality. Describing such a powerful violence itself is not the art. The art would be a powerful description of the psychological process behind that violence. How does a shy boy come to such a cruelty? The director pretends to describe that, - but is not good in that.

The director used several times the word the 'selfishness' of people, mentioning for instance the teacher. Only: this teacher wasn't selfish,- just someone in several roles, caring for his pupils, ánd worried about his script. I think it's a simplification to call him selfish. The atmosphere in the village is creepy, and the mother made awful mistakes ('you terribly let me down…') but it doesn't become believable for me, that there is caused súch a lot of pain, that the shyest boy comes to such terrible things. In fact, reality is far more complex than the way, this film describes – and it needs far better descriptions. The interesting thing would be: how does it work? Describe that process for me please, so that we understand.

With the written phrase on the end, the director said to point to an alternative way of life. It was the other extreme, and confirmed for me that director and scriptwriter are bad psychologists, promoting black/white-thinking. The connection between violence in films and in society has been proved. Use such a violence gives the responsibility to use it right. There are enough black/white-thinkers in the world, causing lots of war and misery. I hope, this movie won't be successful.

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20 October 2006 (UK) See more »

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