Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own.
An unforgettable David Thewlis propels Mike Leigh’s searing classic with gripping, manic dark humor and a probing, desperate search for life’s meaning, garnering the actor and the director with much deserved awards at Cannes.
Her bir sahne farklı olgular taşıyor. Nihilizm, postmodernist aylaklık ve başkaldırı yapıtı. Varoluşçuluktan dalıp nietzsche, sartre, camus'a çarpıp devam ediyor. Kendimizi şimdi ile sınırlamamız ve olmamış şeylere kaygı duyduğumuz şeylere vurgu yapıyor aynı zamanda zihnimize saldıran kör göze parmak bir şiddet imgelenmiş. Söylemek istemediği her şeyi tek kelime etmeden söyledi.
This movie is like staring straight into the sun for two hours. Combines a relentless dose of nihilism and disgusting human cruelty with my favorite genre: the wandering picaresque. Goes from the functions of the body to the size of the universe, and in between doesn't stop writhing in agony from the disconnect between the two.
He begins despicably, but his incessant, donnish nihilism eventually wins out. A hedonist nightmare that only succeeds because it's unsettling social interactions are filled with just enough unfortunate realism. A tar-black masterpiece of existential comedy.
Amazing, a masterpiece from the early 90's. Thewlis is unforgettable as Johnny. Much darker then Leigh's Secrets and lies and both are a fine example of what films are capable of achieving with the right director at the top of his game. Enjoy.
Definetely my favorite movie, this is a masterpiece, a simple and amazing work on the mess humanity has become. David Thewlis is such a talented actor in the role of Johnny, who is, despite all the chaos and the dirt, a very beautiful human being.
A remarkable dedication to character prevents this film from falling into the trappings that so many directors fall victim to. It's rare to come across something this disturbing and yet so truly heartbreaking.
I am baffled how David Thewlis did not receive the Academy Award for this stellar performance. Also there is no other Mike Leigh that contains as much energy as this film. There's is something simply stunning about this gem, it could be the in depth discussions of the apocalypse or the lovely Katrin Coolidge but there are many things that make this film exceptional.