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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.

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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 »

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Details

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 »

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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

The film was released over 5 years after the novel was published. 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

Eating Spiders
Written by Psapp
Performed by Psapp
Published by Chrysalis
Courtesy of Domino Recording Co. Ltd
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Jamie Bell comes of age
9 October 2007 | by BoneyBSee all my reviews

Years on from his success in Billy Elliott, it's great to see Jamie Bell being given a vehicle to show that he has the genuine talent to carry a film. Hallam Foe is a fine British production; quirky, disturbing, funny, interesting, thought-provoking and consistently well-shot and soundtracked. At the same time, it's a little gimmicky, heavily-influenced (Trainspotting, Rear Window et al), and frankly far-fetched in its depiction of the unlikely love between Hallam and the object of his affection in Edinburgh (Sophie Myles). But where the disbelief needs suspending,Jamie Bell's performance saves the day, on the emotional side through bringing tremendous depth to his character, and on the physical side by making his rooftop athleticism completely believable. For all its faults, this is a admirable and brave piece of work, well worth-watching if you're after something dark and provocative that will also make you laugh (the badger suit?).


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