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Somers Town (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 2009 (USA)
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A black-and-white study of a social environment in London, concentrating on a pair of unlikely new friends and the girl they both fancy.

Director:

Shane Meadows

Writers:

Paul Fraser (original screenplay), Mother Vision (original idea)
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piotr Jagiello ... Marek
Ireneusz Czop ... Mariusz
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Graham
Thomas Turgoose ... Tomo
Kate Dickie ... Jane
Wojciech Olczak Wojciech Olczak ... Polish Friend
Wojtek Macierznski Wojtek Macierznski ... Polish Friend
Ben Porter Ben Porter ... Office Worker
Jamie Belman Jamie Belman ... Office Worker
Steven Hillman ... Construction Worker (as Steve Hillman)
Mark Monero ... Construction Worker
Ryan Ford Ryan Ford ... Local Kid
Levi Hayes Levi Hayes ... Local Kid
Risade Campbell Risade Campbell ... Local Kid (as Risadé Campbell)
Huggy Leaver Huggy Leaver ... Café Owner
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Storyline

Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. Tomo is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek lives in the district of Somers Town, between King's Cross and Euston stations, where his dad is working on a new rail link. The boys are both infatuated with the same girl, and pass their days bickering over which of them loves her the most. Finding himself homeless, Tomo surreptitiously moves into Marek's bedroom - but it's only a matter of time before Marek's dad discovers what's going on... Written by Neil Young, Sunderland

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Polish | French

Release Date:

15 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сомерстаун See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£121,345 (United Kingdom), 22 August 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,452, 19 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,971, 30 October 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Maria is speaking to the French man in the café where she works, the man is in fact talking about his digestion problems. See more »

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Raise a vein
Written and Performed by Gavin Clarke (as Gavin Clark)
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Cute? Hardly - A Powerful Commentary on Contemporary England
26 August 2008 | by PsychojonSee all my reviews

Others have written that this film is a cute coming-of-age platonic love story. Well, that's one way of viewing the film. Another more direct reading is to look at the relationships between the white English and the immigrants (Polish and French). Both sets of people are portrayed somewhat stereotypically. The white English are Del Boy wideboys, lazy, rude, chavlike, selfish, self-centred, always on the scrounge, moaning, violent, loutish and drunk. The immigrants are decent hard-working people with a moral compass, who know what's right and what's wrong. Despite these stereotypical characters, this is an amazingly powerful film.

I'm a white middle-class English man and I've spent a lot of my life living in inner cities (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Milton Keynes). You know what? - these stereotypes rang (frighteningly) true to me. The film captured many of my frustrations with the way that the English national culture has changed; less tolerant, less considerate, less welcoming, more something-for-nothing. This is England today. The film made me feel ashamed of what we have become.

I left the cinema saddened; thinking that England could once again become a great country to live in if only we could remove all the bloody English.


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