Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. Tomo is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek lives in the district of Somers Town, between King’s Cross and Euston stations, where his dad is working on a new rail link.
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A charming story about lost souls coming together. Tomo, Marek and Maria have all left their homes, but their pasts are left in the doorway of this film, remaining a mystery for the viewer. What matters is now, and the struggle to create meaning in their new lives. First they find each other, then...well what else is there? Shane Meadows knows how to get to the heart of his characters, and make you fall in love.
Meh, very un-Meadows in the sense of being quite simplistic and twee, especially at the end which does get disappointingly cringe-worthy. Lots of very stereotypical Polishness which also grindes a little, though I suppose that will depend on your experience so it's just a subjective huffy remark. Good direction though and a fair few nice shots but doesn't compare to his previous work (moan moan moan).
After the success of This is England, many critics were expecting something bigger from Meadows; but what followed was a pleasant excursion into a grim region of London, with his two young leads reprising Jules and Jim near St Pancreas. Meadow's naturalistic dialogue elevates an otherwise threadbare plot, & the 16mm B&W cinematography is appropriate to the film's rough environment (unlike the twee & annoying music).