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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)
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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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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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The film is shot entirely in black and white, apart from the ending scene which is in colour See more »

Soundtracks

When We Had Faces
Written and Performed by Gavin Clarke (as Gavin Clark)
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slight, but affecting
12 September 2012 | by bandwSee all my reviews

This story has Tomo, a young teen (apparently homeless) from Nottingham coming to London. He lands in the area of London known as Somers Town and his first encounter has him being robbed and beaten by three young toughs. Tomo encounters Marek, a young Polish immigrant, in a local café. The aggressive and outgoing Tomo and the shy, lonely Marek make for an improbable match, but they gradually become fast friends.

One of the delights of the film is in its capturing the close friendship between the two boys. Both boys are taken with a somewhat older French waitress in the café where they met (Tomo remarks several times how "fit" she is). Emotions run high among these three. Older viewers will likely be reminded of how intensely life is experienced when young.

At seventy minutes this has the structure of a short story. Things progress with sweetness and gentle humor until a powerfully dramatic scene between Marek and his father is inserted toward the end.

Most of the movie is filmed in black and white. Indeed the photographic contrast is dramatic, giving the impression that there are not many shades of gray to take the edge off the black and white.

The soundtrack contains original music by Gavin Clark that adds much to the experience. The song, "When We had Faces" enhances the charming final scenes, leaving you on a high as the film closes.


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