The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy’s mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own.
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Splitting focus between drug abuse in the first half and domestic abuse in the second doesn’t help this film. They’re tough subjects in a tough locale, but ‘Life as it is’ isn’t enough of a reason and it’s not life as experienced by most people. Perhaps thanks for that, but you don’t need two hours of foul-mouthed feral company to feel gratitude for what you have. I wish Oldman had focused on one or the other.
Not a movie you can sit through and come out feeling happy afterwards. But a movie that it rivetingly uncomfortable, and it reflects real life as a lot of people know it. Having known people like some of the characters, it doesn't feel at all contrived unlike many movies of similar vein. Refreshing to see such realism in cinema - movies like this expand the palette of film. Wish Oldman would direct/write more.
only made one film and he could achieve what people call perfection, this is typically alan clarke and mike leigh in join, you can see how many time the "cunt" bursted from them mouths from start till the end, you can see what family issue around. thinking of Meantime, thinking of Made In Britain. sorry i couldnt approve the fact that besson produced it
A great lesson and example of controlled chaos--how to create a film that constantly feels on edge, under the guise of naturalism, but always being under control of what's happening.
This is very truthful movie.