A Welsh teenager will become the cool kid of the town if a deal is made with his new American neighbour.A Welsh teenager will become the cool kid of the town if a deal is made with his new American neighbour.A Welsh teenager will become the cool kid of the town if a deal is made with his new American neighbour.
'Craig Roberts blackened comedy debut roils with a seamy Lynchian menace'
This darkly surrealistic, flint-edged, small town-set coming-of-rage drama finds a desperately isolated 17yr old Jim (Craig Roberts) struggling to amuse himself, cruelly abandoned by his best friend for pastimes greener, frequently bullied, ignored by the girl of his dreams, and barely tolerated by disinterested parents, increasingly oppressed by his existential malaise in this small, provincial Welsh town, Jim finds meagre solace in his beloved dog, and obsessively frequent visits to the faintly ominous flea-pit cinema, his ever deepening despond seemingly leavened by the sudden arrival of an enigmatic American misfit Dean (Emile Hirsch), a quixotic figure oozing retrograde beatnik cool, Jim is profoundly beguiled by movie star-handsome Dean's dynamic alpha mystique, but as Jim's popularity increases, mentored by the not altogether altruistic Dean, Jim uncomfortably realises that his newfound social saviour might have far blacker ulterior motives behind his increasingly bizarre actions! The auspicious directing debut by talented actor Craig Roberts has a fascinatingly oblique nature, both uproariously hilarious, and witheringly cruel, 'Just Jim' is never ordinary, with searingly acerbic flashes of Hal Hartley, and Todd Solondz, Robert's lively, off-centred drama is not only fiendishly witty, but roils with a seamy Lynchian menace, ominously suggesting that something truly malign waxes most wickedly beneath the prosaic, humdrum, pebble-dashed veneer of this somnolent Welsh town.
- Jan 1, 2022
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