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Someone Else (2006)

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David (Stephen Mangan) constantly stresses over his love life and feels a choice must be made, stay with his too-agreeable girlfriend, Lisa (Susan Lynch), or go after exciting and tricky Nina (Lara Belmont).

Director:

Col Spector

Writers:

Col Spector, Radha Chakraborty (in collaboration with)
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Credited cast:
Neville Bardoliwalla Neville Bardoliwalla ... Freddie Mercury
Lara Belmont ... Nina
Hugo Chamberlain Hugo Chamberlain ... Barman
Chris Coghill ... Matt
Shaun Dingwall ... Michael
Kelly Eastwood Kelly Eastwood ... Waitress
Lydia Fox ... Matt's girl
Bridget Fry Bridget Fry ... Jane
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Paul
Susan Lynch ... Lisa
Stephen Mangan ... David
Frank Perozo ... Alex
Lydia Piechowiak Lydia Piechowiak ... Stephanie
Isobel Pravda Isobel Pravda ... Bianca
Annalie Wilson Annalie Wilson ... Waitress
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When thirty-something David isn't working as a photographer at a high-street photo studio he is stressing over his love-life. Torn between his rather-too-agreeable girlfriend Lisa and the exciting but tricky Nina, he has a serious decision to make. When he gets it all wrong and loses them both he has to start all over again. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Altcineva See more »

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RSA Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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One to take your boyfriend to!
9 August 2006 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

There's a saying, when you are in a relationship, it is still OK to, 'look at the scenery.' There is perhaps an irresistible human urge, especially in the male that is genetically programmed to sow his oats as wide as possible, at least to consider how green the grass might be when it is just out of reach. But if that sounds like an apologia to male chauvinism, Someone Else is every girl's dream for the warning shot to make him count his blessings. British romantic comedy with a hard edge, Someone Else is a remarkable example of what fine talent can do on a tiny budget.

Dave and Lisa have been in a relationship for nearly three years. Over dinner, their two married friends tease them about tying the knot and Dave is visibly less comfortable than is Lisa. He and Nina have been having an affair and, when pushed, Dave decides to own up to Lisa and tell her he is love with someone else. Although Lisa is furious, Dave is even less prepared for Nina's reaction. She is everything his girlfriend isn't - did he expect any less? What makes Someone Else stand out is the unsettling realism of the characters and a script that sounds spontaneous and natural. Dave's plight is guaranteed to make every man in the audience feel sheepishly uncomfortable, and there are no reassuringly sentimental story lines. The ensemble cast of attractive young 30-somes is frighteningly unlike the stock caricatures of romantic comedy and, as Dave's confidence and charm desert him, the film is a challenging broadside to the male psyche. It marks a début for director and scriptwriter Col Spector - one that he handles with considerable aplomb. It also manages to take a cynical look at Reiki healing, swinging, and dating agencies - though not without reversing many of our assumptions in the light of later developments. " 'I like any sort of music' . . . " reads David from a girl's dating profile, "she's got one album, 'The Best of Music.' " This beautiful bittersweet comedy is unafraid to tackle taboos and unrelenting in its exposure of men's hidden thoughts. It keeps us on our toes as we are never quite sure of the direction it is going in. Perhaps the biggest disappointment with Someone Else is that it never quite makes the lasting impact that it so deserves.


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