In Shallow Grave, three self-ainvolved Edinburgh roommates take in a brooding boarder. When he dies of an overdose, leaving a suitcase full of money, the trio embark on a series of very bad decisions, with extraordinarily grim consequences for all.
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Director Danny Boyle and writer John Lodge burst onto the scene in '94 with this well plotted and stylishly constructed film that also introduced star Ewan McGregor. The story of three friends and roommates tempted into crime and its downward spiral makes for macabre but rewarding viewing. Three lead are a dynamite especially Kerry Fox who had top billing at the time here. Great debut film.
although i consider it a '3 star film' it's getting 4 from me because i saw it at such an important time in my life regarding art that his film really taught me as a writer what you can do with minimal characters and setting, and how amazingly a plot can grow from something as simple as "three friends find a suitcase of money and their new roomate overdosed and dead"
Not much of a Boyle fan (I only like the opening sequence of 28 Days Later & Slumdog is REALLY OVERRATED) or his later style but this one worked for me because of the chemistry of the three lead actors, the twisted plot and the claustrophobic atmosphere.
Samedi soir, une carte UGC mais pas l'envie de prendre le RER pour aller au cinéma. C'est ça la banlieue. En plus il commence à pleuvoir. J'appelle mon doudou, je lui propose ce film, on s'installe sur le fauteuil. On s'est bien marrés même si parfois j'ai du détourner mon regard (à chaque apparition d'un couteau). Le film était bien. Mais demain j'irai sûrement au cinéma, peut-être... C'est ça la banlieue...
It's going to take a while before I stop being haunted by Eccleston's scampering about the loft and peering through drillholes, and most especially that shot where he sticks his head down. Both the heebies AND the jeebies arrived in the mail today.
I really enjoy films about what people will do when a bag full of money is involved (The Coen brothers are the masters of this). Usually at the end of these films you are left bewildered by everything that just happened. As demented as this one is, at the end of this one I gave a good chuckle.