The brilliant and controversial Naked, from director Mike Leigh, stars David Thewlis as Johnny, a charming and eloquent but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself around London on a nocturnal odyssey, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from Thewlis and costars Katrin Cartlidge and Lesley Sharp, Leigh’s depiction of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. —The Criterion Collection
One of contemporary Britain’s most renowned directors, Mike Leigh is known for his depictions of the dramas inherent in the everyday lives of regular people. Often compared to compatriot Ken Loach for his emphasis on “slice-of-life” realism (a comparison Leigh has deemed inaccurate, as his films, unlike Loach’s, have no absolute political agenda), Leigh makes films remarkable for their level-headed, unsensational portrayals of topics that would become four-hankie “message” melodramas in the hands of most Hollywood directors.
Born February 20, 1943, in Salford, Manchester, Leigh originally wanted to go into acting. While training at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, however, he found himself drawn toward directing and writing, and he eventually transferred to the London Film School. He began his career on the stage, with two of his most important works, The Box Play and Bleak Moments, brought to life through collaborative experimentation during rehearsals. The latter play… read more
Perhaps the bleakest film I have ever seen. Fiction it may be but with a harrowing air of authenticity. Desperately sad take on how unfulfilled existences of the main male characters undermines their self esteem and surfaces as misogyny. Not the easiest film to watch, certainly no feel good factor, but a great movie all the same.
Damn. I loved this film after one viewing, but I didn't think it could get better with a second viewing. It's a dark, provocative film about nihilism and un-employment with one of the greatest film characters of all time- who is known as Johnny. However, it was only on my second viewing, did I realise the darkly hilarious lines that this film had.
Stranded and dispossessed in a life deprived of family or community bonds, the characters in Mike Leigh’s grungy, fiercely unflinching “Naked” are left to corrode in their own self-destructive paths… read review
Throughout the course of the film we follow Johnny on his travels through life and through future. David Thewlis’ highly praised performance as the protagonist is undoubtely the finest performance… read review
the reason of why i rented this film in the first place was because the name of mike leigh was on the cover. and what do i get from this mike leigh’s film? a magnificent and powerful journey from start… read review