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Hallam Foe (2007)

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Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

Director:

David Mackenzie

Writers:

Peter Jinks (novel), David Mackenzie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bell ... Hallam / Son
Sophia Myles ... Kate
Ciarán Hinds ... Julius / Father
Claire Forlani ... Verity / Wife / Stepmother
Lucy Holt ... Lucy / Daughter
John Paul Lawler John Paul Lawler ... Carl
Malcolm Shields ... Kilt Man
John Comerford John Comerford ... Grumpy Glaswegian
Gerry Cleary Gerry Cleary ... Grumpy Glaswegian
Paul Blair Paul Blair ... Raincoat Man
Neil McKinven ... Police Officer
Ruth Milne Ruth Milne ... Jenny (as Ruthie Milne)
Jamie Sives ... Alasdair
Maurice Roëves ... Raymond (as Maurice Roeves)
Stuart Hepburn Stuart Hepburn ... Police Inspector
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Storyline

The seventeen year-old Hallam Foe is a weird teenager that misses his mother, who committed suicide by drowning in a lake near their house in Edinburgh after an overdose of sleeping pills. Hallam spends his spare time peeping at the locals and blames his stepmother Verity Foe, accusing her of killing his mother. After a discussion with his father Julius Foe, Hallam sneaks out from his house and travels to Edinburgh, where he sees Kate Breck and becomes obsessed with her because of her resemblance to his mother. Kate hires Hallam to work in the kitchen of the hotel where she works and they have a strange romance, while Hallam reaches his maturity in the hardest way. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Offical blog | Official US site | See more »

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mister Foe See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£132,972 (United Kingdom), 2 September 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,490, 7 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,255, 17 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although much of Hallam Foe is filmed in central Edinburgh, the film avoids showing Edinburgh Castle, which is visible from many of the real life locations. See more »

Goofs

Hallam works in the Balmoral Hotel at the East end of Princes Street, yet all shots of the staff entrance to the hotel are clearly the Caledonian Hotel at the West end of the Street. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jenny: [to Hallam] You're dead. You're fucking dead! I'll get my brother on to you.
Carl: [to Jenny] Jen, come back, wait!
Carl: [to Hallam] If that was a joke, it wasn't a bit fucking funny. And I'd look out for her brother, he's fucking mental.
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Soundtracks

Double Shadow
Written by Junior Boys
Performed by Junior Boys
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Courtesy of Domino Recording Co. Ltd
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Heartfelt drama with a terrific angry young man
31 July 2007 | by EnvyYouProductionsSee all my reviews

Since Hallam's (Jamie Bell) mother died two years ago, he has detached himself from life, watching (even spying) the people from a distance, going as far as breaking in and searching their closets. He despises his stepmother (a surprisingly matured Claire Forlani) who he suspects of having murdered his mom. So Hallam takes off from the Scottish countryside to Glasgow, where he prowls the roofs, and finds a girl eerily resembling his mother. Revealing more of the story wouldn't do it justice. Jamie Bell masterfully plays an angry young man, reminiscing of Holden Caulfield. The film creates magical sequences, sports a wry northern humour, and doesn't shy away from exploring the feeling of loss and pain. Although the plot background relies too much on textbook psychology, HALLAM FOE remains a kindhearted, lively drama beyond the streamline tearjerkers. 7/10


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